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. Click here to see the actual evaluation report. The pilot showed that targeted support can enable experienced women to return to STEM and drive inclusive expansion in Scotland’s fastest growing industries.