£2m boost to help mums return to work

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Up to £2 million of funding has been pledged to help women return to the workplace after career breaks. 

Support on offer will include mentoring, CV advice, IT skills and paid work placements. 

The Women Returners Programme aims to support those aged 25 and older who have taken career breaks of at least six months due to childcare, health or caring commitments.

The new funding from the Scottish Government will help up to 1,500 women get back on the career ladder. 

The programme also aims to help reduce the gender pay gap, improve the economic position of women in the labour market and deliver inclusive economic growth. 

Participants’ skills, experience and any potential barriers to employment will be identified before tailored support is provided. This can include help to create a learning plan, mentoring, networking and CV building.

The initiative will be funded until March 2022 and delivered by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with relevant organisations and charities. 

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