Women Returners Programme Mentor Information

How to become a mentor

WiSA Women Returners Programme Mentors

Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) has received Scottish Government funding to help women living in rural areas and not currently in employment to get back to work.

Women take career breaks for many reasons and at some point, it will be the right time to return to work. WiSA has created the Women Returners Programme to encourage women from rural areas to get into aquaculture, whether they have previous experience of the industry or not.

The WiSA Women Returners Programme is made up of different training opportunities, all of which will be delivered online during the month of March. We are now seeking mentors for the programme for up to 20 mentees, to provide guidance, examples of career paths and experience. The mentoring programme is delivered by Growbiz. 

What is expected of me?

  • Meet with your mentee at the beginning of March to introduce yourself and set some goals
  • Have a further two or more meetings throughout the month and answer any queries from your mentee as required
  • Attend the final meet the industry session which will include all mentors, mentees and a selection of industry stakeholders to help boost the programme delegates’ networking opportunities.

Why take part in the programme?

  • You’ll be playing an important role in increasing the talent pool of the aquaculture sector
  • You will be supporting a woman to get back into work after a career break and helping them avoid so-called “motherhood penalty”
  • The rural communities that aquaculture supports will benefit from a wider group of candidates.

How do I get involved?

Please get in touch with WiSA Secretary, Mary Fraser to register your interest and to request an application form.