Return with Resilience Autumn 2022

Our Women Returners Programme is back again!

Return with Resilience is back! 

We are delighted to announce that the unique women returners programme specifically aimed at professional women experiencing symptoms of the menopause will be running again later this year. The programme is fully funded by the Scottish Government and so is free to attend and is administered by Skills Development Scotland. 

Eligibility: 

  • You must be a woman based in Scotland who has had a career break of 6 months or more
  • You will have had a career in professional services e.g. administration, financial services, HR, law, IT, project management or similar 
  • You likely be over the age of 45 or experiencing symptoms of the menopause or perimenopause 

If you are not sure if you are eligible please reach out and we would be happy to discuss this with you. 

Our programme includes a range of one-to-one and group support tailored to support an effective return to the workplace at your pace.  To read more about what we offer and to sign up for updates on when the application window will open please visit:  Return with Resilience – The People Portfolio  

Some of our feedback:

New collaborative service from The People Portfolio

Attract and Retain Talent: How Human Resources and Marketing working together is the key

There is no question that the Marketing function is responsible for Company branding, from website content to tone of voice, logos, fonts and everything in between. Often, the target audience of external marketing content is a business customer. 

From an internal perspective, HR will typically take a lead in project managing employee engagement activities, often using surveys and other feedback mechanisms.  These insight tools help provide context for the development of an Employee Value Proposition (EVP), which in turn forms part of the Employer Brand. 

The best and most impactful EVPs are developed when Marketing and HR functions collaborate, ensuring that both the business development and employer brands align, highlight the same values, use the same terminologies and language, as well as looking and feeling consistent. 

Customers are also potential recruitment candidates and vice versa, so the EVP is vital to recruitment strategies and campaigns.  An EVP tells the story of the business and what it might be like to work there by using a strong, positive, and consistent narrative to entice people to apply. 

An additional benefit of a strong EVP is that current employees also receive clear and consistent messaging about the company and the part they play in it, leading to greater staff retention. 

Marketing professionals are the experts in writing compelling content, so why is it that so many job adverts are written by HR or in-house recruiters?
Good copywriting is key, so the best results naturally arise when these two functions work closely together.

You could take things one more positive step further. If your Marketing and HR functions were to work alongside an external expert and unbiased pair of eyes, the end results are much more likely to reflect the thoughts of your target customers and candidates, helping you to generate the best results in recruitment and retention.

The People Portfolio’s partnership with The Skills Collective is designed to provide exactly this service.  By combining Branding & Communications expertise with Recruitment, HR and Employee Engagement experience, we are able to support you to deliver the bespoke resources you need to improve your Employer Brand, and by extension strengthen your overall company brand.

Our employer branding support packages include a consultation with our team to help identify exactly what you need from us and how we can help you with a fully bespoke package offering just the support you need, no more, no less.

Get in touch to chat to one of our team. 

We are 1!

We are 1!  Happy Birthday to us!

The People Portfolio was born during the height of the pandemic on November 16th 2021, a challenging and uncertain time for everyone.  We knew what we were good at, the sorts of projects and people we wanted to support, but we were starting from scratch.  It was exciting and challenging and lots of fun too –  boy have we learned a lot over the last twelve months!

Some of the key things we have learned and are very grateful for include

  • Collaboration

We have worked with some wonderful collaborators and supporters who have helped us to successfully complete projects which we would never have managed on our own.  To our fabulous collaborators – thank you!

  • Go with the flow

If we had had a rigid plan that we had stuck to, we would not have achieved as much as we have. Opportunities have presented themselves in the most fortuitous and unexpected ways at times, and it’s great that we were nimble enough to positively react to them

  • Listen to that little voice when something doesn’t feel right

We’ve learned to realise that working with people and clients whose values and approaches align with ours is hugely important for us.  Early on, we were unsuccessful for a piece of work, getting down to the final two bidders.  However,  we knew that the alignment wasn’t really there.  We will now trust our gut feeling and stayed tuned in to that as we move positively forward.

  • Bidding for public sector work

We have successfully bid for three large public sector contracts (large for us anyway!).  Submitting these bids   can be a very challenging and time-consuming process.  It was great to learn that even as a newly formed micro business, you can work with others to succeed in this area.

  • Walking our talk – the ability to wear multiple hats and learning new skills

As two sole traders, it has been essential to learn new skills necessary to enable us to run the business,  including virtual facilitation techniques and technology, website building, bookkeeping, social media management.  We’ve been realistic in knowing that some skills are simply outwith our ability, but our strong network has enabled us to harness the support and guidance of others.

  • Flexible working

The flexibility offered by working for yourself is an absolute joy.  Do we sometimes work in evenings and on weekends?  Yes we do, but that allows us to flex when and where we work all week long.  You can’t put a price on that and we certainly don’t miss the regular commute!

Back in November 2020, we decided upon our name, The People Portfolio, because together, we wanted to utilise our broad and varied experiences within HR, Recruitment, Outplacement and Career Coaching to offer individuals and companies alike a range of people focused support services.

We have certainly achieved that it has been a very varied year. All that is left to say is a great big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us so far including collaborators, clients, suppliers, friends and family and here’s to year 2!

Meet the Return with Resilience Team

As a participant on the Return with Resilience programme, it’s important that you know who you will be working with.  Our team is a collaboration of experts in their own field.  A team of experts who have come together to offer a blend of support to help you get back to work with confidence and resilience.

Morna Ronnie and Helen Tuohy from The People Portfolio have backgrounds spanning over 25 years each in recruitment and human resources.  They know what employers and recruiters are looking for when it comes to applications, CVs and interviews.

They will run a series of virtual group workshops on employability skills, drawing on their experience to help you to present your best self to potential employers and unlock the hidden jobs market.  These group sessions will also provide the opportunity for networking with other likeminded women on the programme which we know can be a real benefit.

Louise Scott and Kirsty Ritchie from Mind & Mission Ltd are qualified psychotherapists who previously had business careers in HR and Accountancy respectively.  They will provide one-to-one, confidential coaching sessions to help explore and develop your mental fitness. We know from the previous Return with Resilience programme that these sessions were hugely impactful and really help the returners to feel ready for their return to work.

Angie Garton is the menopause specialist on the programme and  will share some of the science behind the menopause, common symptoms and what you can do to manage and control them.  Angie has a vast array of knowledge and resources, so whatever your question about this potentially challenging stage of life, she can help.

All-in-all we believe our team is second to none in delivering a return-to-work programme for women in their 50’s or experiencing the menopause.

Return with Resilience is funded by The Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland.

Applications for the current programme are currently open to women throughout Scotland and can be made here:  https://jobs.hrcrecruitment.co.uk/job/women-returner-programme-return-with-resilience-8287.aspx

Return With Resilience is back!

We are thrilled to be launching Return with Resilience 2021/22! 

This is the programme which supports women over 50 or experiencing the menopause, back to the professional or financial services sector, after a career break of 6 months or more.  If this describes you, and you live anywhere in Scotland, then you can access the following free of charge : 

  • One-to-one mental fitness coaching with a qualified psychotherapist 
  • Group employability workshops on confidence building, CV writing, interview skills and job searching techniques 
  • Information and guidance on how to manage the menopause 
  • The opportunity to apply for paid work placements with some fantastic employers 

The sessions will be delivered online and you will be working with a group of likeminded women. Coaching and training will take place in November and December with work running from January to March 2022.  

If you meet the criteria above and want a fully supported return to your career then get in touch as soon as possible as places are limited. 

The Women Returners Programme is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland. 

Applications can be made here: https://jobs.hrcrecruitment.co.uk/job/return-with-resilience-women-returners-programme-8220.aspx 

Return with Resilience

We are delighted to announce that the Scottish Government is funding a third cohort of this life changing women returner’s programme in 2022.

Return With Resilience, is an employability skills programme, tailor made for women aged around 50 who have had a career break of at least six months.

We know that at this stage of life, returners might also be experiencing the menopause – a natural, but for some, extremely challenging part of the aging process.

Recent research shone a light on the effect the menopause can have on women in the workplace, with a new study finding that one in 10 women who have worked during the menopause, left their  job due to their symptoms.

So for women looking to re-establish their careers, the mental and physical symptoms of the menopause, can make this feel like an even more unrealistic objective.  

‘Return With Resilience’ provides a vehicle for women at the same stage of life, to share experiences and support each other.

We will be running the programme in September but are accepting expressions of interest now.

Programme participants will receive:

  • A friendly onboarding experience with our team of experts
  • Virtual sessions, meaning all you need is access to a laptop and good connectivity
  • Five hours’ worth of one-to-one mental fitness coaching to assist in restoring lost confidence, and building optimism and resilience
  • Group workshops on CV writing, interview skills and job search strategies
  • Participation in a Menopause Expert led workshop, and access to fabulous resources
  • Personal support with job applications and introductions to great employers
  • Ongoing support and guidance as part of our professional network

Our delivery partners on Return with Resilience are Mind and Mission Ltd and Angie Garton.

Return with Resilience is funded by the Scottish Government and administered by Skills Development Scotland.

Feedback from last year’s participants included

Everything was clearly explained hence a great demystifying experience. The support and shared knowledge was fantastic. 

I felt like there was room for me as a whole person and that I got such useful advice and genuine support. Everything felt like it was coming from such a genuine and useful place, I felt trust and that I could explore what it’s possible for me to do next. 

Complete the contact form below to join our mailing list and receive early notification of when the application window will be opening and guidance on how to apply.  

    We Meet with Skillseeder

    Morna was recently pleased to be asked by Skillseeder to talk about our delivery of the Scottish Government funded Be Your Best Self programme for women in agriculture. It was great to be able to spread the word about this fantastic course and explain a bit more about working with our consortium partners, what the programme includes and how to apply.

    If you or someone you know is thinking about applying it should make a useful watch.

    Be Your Best Self

    The Be Your Best Self personal development programme for Women in Agriculture is an integral part of the Scottish Government’s vision to make Scottish agriculture a fairer, more inclusive industry, where farm succession is not determined by gender, training is accessible to everyone, and more women take on senior roles in agricultural organisations.

    Be Your Best Self aims to support women living or working in agriculture in Scotland to build their confidence, enhance their skills, and develop their abilities.

    The course contains a number of elements including:

    Understanding and enhancing mental fitness

    Building confidence and resilience

    Getting to know your strengths and how to play to them

    When and how best to work with others

    Building a relevant network with likeminded women in agriculture

    As the programme is fully funded by The Scottish Government it is free to attend.

    Our current courses are being run virtually over Zoom but our intention is to also run one face-to-face course in 2023 if any applicants have connectivity issues. For our virtual courses sessions will be delivered in bite sized modules of between 1 – 3 hours at a time.

    Applications are now open for courses from May 2022 onwards.

    Completed application forms and any questions should be emailed to beyourbestself@thepeopleportfolio.co.uk.

    Our delivery partners are

    https://www.mindandmission.com/

    https://leewayco.com/

    http://www.sceneandherdpr.co.uk/

    Be Your Best Self

    We are delighted to announce that The People Portfolio will be delivering The Be Your Best Self personal development programme for women in agriculture on behalf of The Scottish Government.

    This work is an expansion of the pilot programme run in 2020 and is an integral part of the Scottish Government’s vision to make Scottish agriculture a fairer, more inclusive industry, where farm succession is not determined by gender, training is accessible to everyone, and more women take on senior roles in agricultural organisations.

    Be Your Best Self aims to support women living or working in agriculture in Scotland to build their confidence, enhance their skills, and develop their leadership abilities.

    We are thrilled to be working as a part of a consortium with our friends from Mind & Mission, Leeway and Scene & Herd PR to provide an exciting and impactful programme which will run 10 times over the next 2 years.

    Our first course is now underway but we are accepting applications for a range of courses throughout 2022. More details and the application form can be found here: https://www.ruralpayments.org/publicsite/futures/topics/all-schemes/women-in-agriculture. Any questions can be emailed to beyourbestself@thepeopleportfolio.co.uk.

    Find out more about the delivery partners at:

    https://www.mindandmission.com/

    https://leewayco.com/

    http://www.sceneandherdpr.co.uk/

    Advice for Returner Candidates

    In the final of our series of posts about our Return with Resilience programme we wanted to share some of our learning and tips for returning to work after a career break.

    Depending on the reasons for your break and the length of time you have been out of the workforce it can be a daunting time, so we hope these tips are helpful:

    • Be Clear

    Spend some time thinking about what you are trying to achieve.  Do you want a similar role to the one you left?  Something different? A different sector? Full time, part time, working from home?  What skills do you want to use?

    • Be Flexible

    Once you have created an outline of what you are looking for, think about how flexible you can be in order to keep as many options open as possible.  For example, if you want to work part-time what flexibility can you offer regarding the particular hours you work?

    • Identify your Skills

    It is important to know what transferable skills you have and to be able to “sell” them to a potential employer.  Think about the skills you used in previous roles, the strengths that you naturally have and any new skills you have gained during your career break.  Make sure these are clear and evidenced on your CV.

    • Spend your time wisely

    Many returners fall into the trap of focusing their job search entirely on job boards when in reality many jobs are never advertised and are filled through direct connections and networking.  Think about how you will connect with others and be visible.  Creating a strong LinkedIn profile and being an active, regular participant are key.

    • Do your research

    Which companies are you interested in?  What sectors are booming?  What companies are in the news and are therefore likely to be recruiting?  Which companies offer in-house returner programmes?

    • Get support

    It’s ok to ask for help.  Think about the support networks you have around you and how they can help you e.g., by sharing your details on LinkedIn to reach a wider audience, or by practicing interview answers with you or reading over your CV. 

    Finally, be open minded, returning after a break is a great opportunity to get involved with something new and exciting!  Good luck!