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Women Returners Programme

In the not too distant future most jobs in Scotland will require skills in STEM. Following a successful pilot in 2016, Equate Scotland, in partnership with Prospect (the trade union for professionals) and funded by The Scottish Government, is launching a new returnship programme. The aim is to support women back into employment in STEM industries after a career break, to increase women’s representation in these major industries.

The Women Returners programme will give women structured support to brush up on skills and knowledge and rebuild confidence in a working environment, allowing them to test their readiness to return to work.

Equate Scotland will provide a bespoke range of support services to participants, including workshops, webinars, networking events, one-to-one ‘career clinics’ and online support. This will help women build their skills and confidence, access peer support and grow their professional networks. This development support is complemented by the opportunity to apply for a three-month placement with participating employers that will include on-the-job re-training.

A pilot programme in 2016 received phenomenal feedback from the 15 women participants. The pilot showed that targeted support can enable experienced women to return to STEM and drive inclusive expansion in Scotland’s fastest growing industries.

This fantastic development opportunity is open to any woman who has previously worked in the STEM sector and is qualified to do so, but who has not worked in STEM for a significant duration (longer than two years). Many of the jobs of the future are going to be in STEM and the sectors are actively seeking more women, so now is a good time to consider returning to a role that will use your expertise.

During your time away from STEM, you may have been on a career break, had caring responsibilities, been made redundant or been working in an environment not linked to your qualifications.

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