Viana joined AAI in July 2019. Her journey with AAI started at the end of 2017 when she took part in the 'Back to Work’ project supporting BAME Women Returners through which she was offered a 12-week placement with Drink Baotic.
This opportunity through AAI led Viana to gain part-time employment as an Employability Coordinator for Workingrite and Radiant and Brighter, supporting BME refugees and migrants in Glasgow to access training or paid placement.
While managing and modifying the employment program, Viana created a proactive model that focuses on building confidence and empowering individuals to have better access to employment opportunities and upskilling. The new model name pRESPECT is now delivered under the AAI umbrella, currently running in Edinburgh and Glasgow
Viana is working toward gaining BSc (HON) Web Design and Development degree at Edinburgh Napier University and as part of her Honour project she will be researching changing technologies and how its’ affecting employment opportunities for marginalised people.
Viana is passionate about empowering people to become self-sustaining in their careers and supporting them to develop better awareness and adaptability towards the changing technology and digital skills required in the ever-evolving workplace.