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Funding deal helps ethnic women into work

Joy Lewis, left and Yvette McLaren

Scottish social enterprise AAI EmployAbility has secured funding to help minority ethnic women in Scotland get back to work after career breaks.  

‘Back to Work’, a Scottish Government-funded programme, is aimed at improving employment prospects, updating skills, increasing confidence, while offering access to both employers and paid work placements. 

Between November 2021 and March 2022, programme participants can use employability coaches and employers through interactive workshops, one-to-one coaching and tailored training resources.

AAI Employability is now in its fifth year of working with what it sees as an underrepresented demographic which experiences multiple barriers to employment.

Organisations participating in the programme are from the public, private and social enterprise sectors, ranging from large corporations to SMEs and startups. 

Joy Lewis, CEO, AAI EmployAbility said: “Our team is consistently blown away by the level of talent that comes through from this underrepresented group.  

“Last year we supported thirty women to realise their potential, regain their confidence and break the stigma around taking career breaks.  We’ve seen the impact this work can make, so we want to double the number of women we are supporting.” 

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