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Recent studies show that over 600 people a day in the UK quit their jobs to provide unpaid caregiving and, of these, women are more than twice as likely as men to put their career on hold to provide childcare or look after a relative.
Returning to work after a period of time off can often feel rather daunting. For women in particular, the prospect of juggling work life with home life can feel overwhelming and cause stress and anxiety. In response to this, the Scottish Government has established a network called Triage to encourage and support women who are looking to return work, and offers specialist employment related advice, coaching and training.
Review, Refresh, Return is a free programme being delivered across Scotland by Triage as part of the ‘Women Returners’ network, which is funded by the Scottish Government. Triage understands that each person has unique home/life circumstances and ensures that the programme is delivered to meet individual needs. This can be through online sessions on in person with a focus on building confidence, developing skills and building on previous experience to get each woman back into the workplace or further education by breaking through barriers.
Open to women aged 25 and over who have been out of work for six months or longer, participants benefit from peer support and access to skill building services including CV writing, health and well-being advice, online learning and interview skills. Triage understand that these are key to unlocking the potential in every woman to create a better future for themselves and their families.
“Sometimes you just need to be reminded that everything is going to be ok and that you are not alone, and that’s what the programme did for me.
“Anne Marie (at Triage) immediately put me at ease and reassured me that she was going to be with me throughout the whole process. We arranged weekly Zoom calls, we worked on my confidence and interview skills. She then put me in contact with Penny to help me find a job that was perfect for me and my situation.
“Anne Marie helped me get over the fear of being rejected and provided fantastic interview techniques. Penny reminded me of my worth, and that job hunting isn’t just about finding ‘any job’, but about finding the right job for me.”
– Julie Gezer, a Women Returners participant
If you would like more information on how Triage’s Women Returners programme can help you:
– Call Triage on 07547 404395