Nicola Sturgeon launches opportunity as she throws down the gauntlet to other female business leaders in Scotland
Young women aged 18–23 can now apply to be mentored by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The First Minister launched the opportunity to coincide with International Women’s Day by visiting Edinburgh charity Smart Works, which supports women get back into the workplace.
She announced plans to mentor a young woman last month, calling on women in leadership roles to follow her example.
Sturgeon said: “International Women’s Day is a chance to celebrate women’s achievements and contributions, and remind us that while we’ve made progress, there is still much to do.
“If we are serious about reducing gender inequality and creating the next generation of women leaders, it’s up to us as women to ensure this happens.
“Mentoring a young woman is a highly effective way to enhance her career chances – giving her the confidence and knowledge to strive for her ambitions.
“I repeat my challenge to women leaders in Scotland – if you know a young woman of great potential, become her mentor. Her success will be yours as well, and you will have both learned from the experience. That’s how it works.”
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “To be mentored by the First Minister is an incredible opportunity. We can’t wait to hear from amazing young women from across Scotland who have a passion for making the world a better place and will make the most of this unique chance to work alongside the FM. By supporting young women and showing them there are no limits, we can all help to improve equality in Scotland.”
Interested young women can apply to be mentored by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon via Young Scot. Applications close on 30 May.