Support for Women Returning to Work
11 August 2017
Funding to help women back to work following career
Six projects across Scotland will receive a share of £185,000
aimed at supporting women into work following career breaks.
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn today announced the
successful recipients of Scottish Government Returners Fund grants
at a visit in Edinburgh.
Mr Hepburn met returners, interns and staff from the Adopt an
Intern programme at the premises of employer partners, Future
Adopt an Intern project have been awarded £55,000 to expand
their work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women returners,
supporting personal and work based confidence and resilience.
Returner, Sheila Roussel, Owner of Sheila Roussel Jewellery
"Adopt an Intern really helped to build my confidence in my new
career. Not only did the internships give me access to the
practical side of these businesses, which was invaluable, but also
gave me access to a network of industry professionals and customers
that I would have found difficult to access without the
Mr Hepburn said:
"Evidence suggests there are a number of barriers around women
returning to work following an extended absence, with many
experiencing a 'motherhood penalty' following maternity.
"This government has a commitment to identify and address the
issues preventing women re-entering the workforce, particularly
rebuilding skills, knowledge and confidence while enabling
employers to gain from recruiting and retaining skilled,
"Scotland continues to outperform the UK in terms of female
participation in the labour market, however I realise there is more
to do to address some of the barriers to work that returners are
"I am pleased to visit Future X today to see the valuable work
that Adopt an Intern are doing to support BME women into
Joy Lewis, CEO of Adopt an Intern said:
"We're pleased to be allocated this additional funding to open
up possibilities for BME women returners who prove that technology
and terminology may change, but aptitude and attitude do not.
"Our thanks to Diageo, one of the companies who have agreed to
take on a returner, and Radiant and Brighter who work with the BME
community. With this funding we can now work towards closing the
pay gap and overcoming the more unseen challenges that face women
in the BME community in the workplace."
This work builds on a £50,000 project, being run by Equate
Scotland between Feb 2017 to Jan 2018. This provides support for at
least 40 women to re-enter the STEM sector.
Women Returners Ltd have been awarded £48,500 for
the Returners to Financial Services Scotland Programme which will
enable 40 experienced financial services professional women on
career break to get back into skilled employment at a suitable
North Lanarkshire Council's 'Positive Returns'
project will engage with 10 local Employers to offer "returnships"
to women returners. Through this 10 women returners will
undertake pre-employment support before undertaking a three month
placement with an employer.
NC Resources Ltd have been awarded £13,000 to
undertake one Women into Security course which will take place in
Glasgow and Lanarkshire. This will involve recruiting women from
all ethnic groups and seeks to inform women about the variety of
jobs available within the sector, which is currently male
Stirling Council's 'Women into Work' will
address the gender pay gap for at least six women returners in the
Stirling area by exploring flexible working practices to enable
more equal caring responsibilities and balance caring and work,
thereby aiming to prevent a pay penalty.
Adopt an Intern will host workshops to support
30 BME women examine strategies that support personal and work
based confidence and resilience with access to three month
internships with Diageo, Trossachs Distillery, Highland Spring and
small manufacturing businesses.
Glasgow Clyde College will deliver the Women
Into Child-minding to 15 Women Returners to the labour market from
the Glasgow LEP area. They will receive training in working with
Children with the aim to become a registered, self-employed
Child-minder. The application will help meet the Scottish
Government's childcare and early years expansion plans as well as
encouraging female entrepreneurship.
Source - The Scottish Government