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WiSA is accepting applications for its 2023 mentoring programme

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Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA) is looking for candidates for its mentoring scheme that begins on 8 March.

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Candidates can apply for the mentoring scheme before 17 February

The nine-month scheme will match some of the most established industry leaders with women in the sector © WiSA

WiSA is looking for senior aquaculture professionals eager to make a difference, as well as younger women with a commitment to aquaculture who are looking to enhance their careers to participate in their 2023 mentoring programme. The scheme offers women working in aquaculture the chance to learn and build their skills in partnership with senior professionals – both male and female – in the sector. The nine-month scheme, delivered by Skillfluence, will match some of the most established industry leaders with women in the sector keen to develop and grow their careers.

Through one-to-one sessions, the mentoring programme will provide training and support for both mentees and mentors. Participants in the programme will meet over several months to build up skills such as creating a network, making career decisions, cultivating leadership styles and building confidence.

WiSA is inviting applications from both mentors and mentees to take part in the programme. The deadline for applying is 17 February 2023 and details can be found online.

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Women in Scottish Aquaculture (WiSA)

WiSA exists to introduce more women into aquaculture and support those already working in the sector

The programme is fully funded by SAIC, the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre, but requires a commitment from participants to actively engage with the programme.

The importance of mentoring

WiSA is looking for women and men in senior positions from across the industry who want to make a difference by taking part in the programme, helping WiSA encourage and nurture aquaculture’s next generation of female leaders. Being a mentor can be an incredibly rewarding experience, contributing to professional development and shaping the industry’s future.

As for potential mentees, WiSA is hoping to match applicants with leaders who have similar and complementary skills and experience that can support their journey in the sector. The interactions between mentors and mentees can foster crucial capacity building, with all the benefits this can bring both personally and professionally.

Donald Waring, learning and development manager, MOWI, commented: “Being a mentor is so rewarding, it creates opportunities to pass on experience and guidance as well as making new connections and friendships.”

Mentor and mentee forms can be downloaded on the WiSA website.

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