At the Equate Scotland ‘Women into STEM- How to take Action’ conference on Wednesday 26th April, Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, announced additional funding of up to £200,000 and a call for applications to expand Scottish Government’s commitment to support women to return to work following a career break.
Evidence suggests that many women struggle to return to work due to factors such as a lack of access to flexible working to support care commitments. Their time away from the workplace often leads to them experience a loss of confidence and relevant up-to-date skills.
Equate Scotland are looking for proposals that offer clients skills, training, and a work placement with an employer which will enable women to return to work after a break at a level commensurate with their qualifications, skills and experience. Projects should also support employers in hosting placements and promote the business benefits of fair work practices such as flexible working that will assist in attracting women back into the workplace after a career break.
The application form and guidance is available on the Employability in Scotland website here.