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Women Returners Programme

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Women Returners Programme

Helping women return to employment

The Women Returners Programme is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland. It is an employability programme for women who have been out of the labour market for six months or more and want to restart their career journey. 

Women take career breaks for many reasons – including raising children or other caring responsibilities – and can find different barriers to returning, such as a lack of suitable childcare or a need to improve interview skills or confidence. At some point, it will be the right time to return to work, and whether you previously worked in aquaculture or not, we are here to provide support. 

Delivered for SAIC and WiSA by Skillfluence, the programme will take place via a series of online sessions starting 17 January 2022. It will offer a structured pathway with individual coaching to monitor your progress and plan your next steps, and includes training in:

  • resilience
  • finding opportunities
  • personal branding
  • making connections
  • motivation

In order to qualify for a place on this free programme, you have to be able to say yes to all of these questions:

  • I am/identify as a woman
  • I am 25 years or over
  • I am based in Scotland
  • I have been unemployed for 6 months or more
  • I have been in employment before

Fill in the application form here!

Numbers are limited, so places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to put your application in as soon as possible before the 10 January 2022 deadline!

"The best part of the programme has been getting a sense of belonging in the world of work again."

(2021 course participant)

Our last Women Returners Programme was a great success – watch this short video to find out more:

If you are interested in taking part but would like to know more before applying, please get in touch with SAIC's Head of Skills & Talent and WiSA Secretary Mary Fraser.