Updated: Feb 18
SkillSeeder is committed to making training more accessible and it's our pleasure to be working with Morna Ronnie and her team at The People Portfolio who are currently encouraging women over the age of 50 and / or experiencing the menopause to apply for a an inspiring FREE programme, funded by the Scottish Government.
The Women Returners Programme is a FREE programme, which has been especially created for women over 50 and/or experiencing the menopause in Scotland. During this period in life it can be challenging to rejoin the workforce after a career break when confidence may be low and ageism in evidence, so the support provided through this new programme can very much benefit so many women.
The Scottish Government is funding another cohort of this life changing programme in order to help tackle the gender pay gap and improve women’s economic position in the labour market. It is therefore completely FREE to attend!
Returners will receive a wealth of support and guidance, including:
Friendly onboarding experience with our team of experts
Virtual sessions, meaning all you need is access to a laptop
Five hours’ worth of one-to-one mental fitness coaching with the qualified psychotherapists at Mind & Mission Ltd. These sessions will assist in restoring lost confidence, and building optimism and resilience
Group workshops on CV writing, interview skills and job search strategies. Sharing these sessions with other likeminded women is hugely beneficial forming a strong support network.
Access to specialised menopause resources and support
Support with applications and introductions to great employers within professional and financial services
Ongoing support and feedback
Running from November 2021 to March 2022, women across Scotland are being invited to submit an application. The previous programme received some really positive feedback. Here's what some of the participants had to say:
“This course has been highly beneficial to me - it made me realise that I still have a lot to offer to an employer in terms of skills and experience despite being nearly 60! In fact, it did what it said on the tin as I now have a job and am so looking forward to it.”
“I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the women's returner programme. The experience and knowledge from the workshops, along with information on how to access tools and resources to assist in my job search in the current market has been invaluable. I have gained confidence and am so much more positive about my search.“
"With an undeniably long career break, the programme helped me identify key skills and more importantly, transferrable skills and I have updated my CV accordingly. "
"I now have a clearer definition of what I will be comfortable doing and this has resulted in a more refined job search. "
"Made me realise that I had a lot more experience and knowledge than I was giving myself credit for"
Applications to this FREE Return with Resilience programme are open to all women who are over 50 and / or experiencing the menopause in Scotland. It's quick and simple to apply online. Simply click the link below: