WiSA launches inaugural mentoring programme

WiSA kicks off a series of Scottish Government-supported diversity initiatives with the launch of a new mentoring programme in January 2020 – and this is your chance to get involved!

The scheme – to be delivered in partnership with Skillfluence – will match some of the most influential female leaders in aquaculture with aspiring women in the industry looking to develop their careers and skills.

Through one-to-one sessions, the mentoring programme will provide training and support for both mentees and mentors. Participants in the programme will meet over several months to build up skills such as creating a network, making career decisions, cultivating leadership styles, and building confidence.

For our first cohort, we are now looking for senior aquaculture professionals eager to make a difference, as well as younger women with a commitment to aquaculture who are looking to enhance their careers.

Why be a mentor?

We are looking for women and men in senior positions from across the industry who want to make a difference by taking part in the programme, helping us encourage and nurture aquaculture’s next generation of female leaders. Being a mentor can be an incredibly rewarding experience, contributing to professional development and shaping the industry’s future.

Why be a mentee?

As a mentee on the WiSA programme, your potential will be matched with the skills and experience of a supportive person who is more established in the sector. Your interaction with your mentor can help build your capacity, confidence and capability, with all the benefits this can bring both personally and professionally.

Next steps

If this sounds of interest, please fill in the relevant form below, and email it to us by 10th January. We will start the process of matching you to a suitable mentor or mentee. A kick-off meeting, which will include half-day training sessions for both mentors and mentees as well as a joint lunch, is planned for 14th January at SAMS in Oban. (However, if you can’t make the deadline or the first training session, don’t worry – there will be a second cohort and more chances to get involved throughout 2020.)

If you’d like more information before signing up, do get in touch – we look forward to hearing from you.


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