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Apply Now: First Minister Mentoring Programme


Be Bold, Be Different, Be You 

Following the success of last year, Young Scot is once again delighted to be working with the Scottish Government to help find a young woman to be mentored by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.

We are working with the Scottish Government to find an aspiring young woman (aged 18-23 inclusive on the 31st of May 2018 – International Women’s Day) to be mentored by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Mentoring is a powerful way of helping young women achieve their goals and will help to create a new generation of positive role models to inspire other young women.

If you are young woman or you identify yourself as a young woman, aged between 18-23, and are bold, brilliant and courageous about the future, we want to hear from you.

“I’ve been given opportunities that I had only ever dreamt of. This mentorship has inspired me to help other young people to believe in themselves – especially those whose voices are not heard,” Charlotte Liddell, the First Mentee 2017-2018

During the mentoring programme, you will have at least four private meetings with the First Minister.  There may be additional opportunities depending on your interests, and the opportunity to work with the media. The mentoring experience will take place between June 2018 and March 2019.

During your experience, Young Scot will work with you to create additional activities and opportunities to expand your skills and help you to realise your goals. These could be speaking engagements, attendance at board meetings or shadowing experiences to help you to develop your projects, ideas and leadership skills.

As you apply, we will need a few details about you, your circumstance and your hopes and aspirations for the future. You can be passionate about any topic or idea. We are looking for someone who will really benefit from spending time with the First Minister and will grasp the opportunity with both hands.

All young women (or young people who identify as female) living in Scotland aged 18-23 inclusive (as of May 31st 2018!) are welcome to apply.

Young Scot is committed to ensuring the applicants come from diverse backgrounds, ages, and geographies, and that we receive applications from young people with additional support needs. The Scottish Government will meet all reasonable expenses, including childcare and travel.

You can click here to apply online or fill in the embedded application form below.

If you have any questions or would like to enter using a different format please contact June Osborne ( or call 0131 313 2488.

Please Note: The deadline for applications is May 31st 2018. Unfortunately we cannot accept incomplete applications.


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