AAI receives Scottish Government funding to support women returners

"We’re pleased to be allocated this additional funding to open up possibilities for BME women returners, who prove that technology and terminology may change, but aptitude and attitude do not."

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Returner Profile - Anna McBurney

"I knew all I needed was a foot in the door of somewhere that could recognise my potential in spite of my age, qualification and gap in my employment history." 

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Returnships – the Who, What and the Why?

The term ‘returnship’ has been bandied around a lot at the moment. There are websites, blogs and government propositions popping up all over the place heralding the arrival of the ‘returnship’, but what exactly does it mean, and why is it so important now?

AAI CEO Joy Lewis elaborates;

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Returner Profile - Sheila Roussel

"The positions through AAI really helped to build my confidence in my new career. Not only did the internships give me access to the practical side of these businesses, which was invaluable, but also gave me access to a network of industry professionals and customers that I would have found difficult to access without the positions."

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Returner Profile - Alison Jones

"The opportunity gave me an insight into the world of economic development in Scotland, and bypassed the catch 22 of “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” in the job market." 

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Returner Profile - Sarah Hunter-Argyle

"Adopt an Intern recognises that there are people out there who have the skills and commitment to succeed, but require a hand to boost them back onto the career ladder."

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Returner Profile - Isobel M

"I'm not sure I'd have gotten the job without being in the internship. It also gave me the confidence that I would be able to handle a full-time job."

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Returner Profile: Brian Vass

"It can be difficult to get started in a new career when you don't already have a lot of experience in previous roles, and I found AAI to be a perfect way to gain experience and make new connections."

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Employer and Graduate Profile: Not Just Words

"The whole experience from the start to the end has been perfect." - Noelia Martinez (Owner & Founder, Not Just Words)

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Graduate Profile: Andrew Maxwell

"I believe the internship has given me great experience of working within Local Government and this is a line of work that I wish to pursue in the future."

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