New scheme to help women get back into work announced

A new scheme has been announced today that will help women get back into work.

The scheme will help retrain woman who have taken an extended break from their careers and put them back to work.

This comes on the same day that it was revealed that the gender pay gap is closing, decreasing to 6.2% – down from 7.7% in 2015.

Scottish Government has awarded nearly £50,000 to Equate Scotland to help fund their Women Returners Project. The Project is to initially provide support to 40 women in the form of one to one guidance, career clinics, webinars and three-month placements that will be focussed on life sciences, digital skills and engineering.

Minister of Employability, Jamie Hepburn announced the plans at the SSE in Glasgow saying, “These latest figures show we are making some progress to narrow the gender pay gap in Scotland, and in comparison to the UK we are leading the way in gender and pay equality in the workplace.

“While Scotland continues to outperform the UK as a whole on female employment and is making inroads on tackling the gender pay gap, there is still more to do. With our funding for the Women Returners Project, improving the availability of childcare and flexible working, and promoting the Living Wage, we hope to close the gender gap once and for all.”

Talat Yaqoob, Director of Equate Scotland said, ““We are delighted that the Scottish Government is investing in our original pilot and we know this will make a difference to women and Scotland’s economy.”



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