Days after International Women’s Day (8 March), Kate Forbes MSP has launched a mentoring scheme to support a young woman in the Highlands achieve her goals and reach her full potential.

Applications are now open to young, aspiring women aged between 18-23 living in the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch constituency.

The First Minister’s ‘First Mentor’ scheme, now in its second year, is supported by organisations such as the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the Scottish Sports Association, and the First Minister has called on more women who feel that they have something to offer to launch their own mentorship schemes.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “I benefited enormously from people who took the time to invest in me, train me and show me how to make the most of every opportunity. I would love to pass that on to another young woman in the Highlands.

“I travel round schools in the Highlands and I’m amazed by the talent and ambition of young people in the Highlands. They obviously have dedicated teachers and fantastic parents.

“However, once people leave school they can face uncertain futures and lots of difficult choices.

“I’m keen to come alongside one young woman and mentor her as she makes that transition from education to the world of work.”