Parental Employment Support Fund
The Parental Employment Support Fund (PESF) provides employability support for parents both in and out of work, helping to tackle in-work poverty. In Edinburgh, this consists of four projects delivered by multiple organisations as outlined below.
Access to Industry – Access Data
Access Data will work with a cohort of Edinburgh parents who have an interest in training or re-training for jobs in the data sector.
In particular, it will target parents who are unemployed and who:
- Identify as a parent/carer*
- have a disability themselves and/or has a disabled child
- is from a minority ethnic background
- have a youngest child <1
- is an employment returner
* Someone for whom the alleviation of their poverty will benefit their child. There are 456 children in Edinburgh looked after by kinship carers or friends/relatives.
The project will promote the data sector through a range of mechanisms. It will explain and show what data is, how it is used, and its application in education and work settings. It will build knowledge, skills and confidence that will begin the client’s journey to becoming data citizens and support those who want to become data workers. It will provide basic digital skills.
Access to Industry – Access Progress
Access to Industry (AI) will deliver an employability service to unemployed parents across the city of Edinburgh. Access Progress will employ caseworkers to engage with parents who are unemployed and meet PESF eligibility criteria.
In particular, it will support parents who are unemployed and who:
- Identify as a parent/carer
- Have a disability themself and/or have a disabled child
- Are from a minority ethnic background
- Have a child <1
- Is an employment returner.
The project will work actively with referral agencies, including schools, domestic abuse organisations, JCP. Regular presentations and presence within referral agencies – these will be in-person and online. Services will include Employability Skills; Wellbeing; Structural barrier removal; Learning.
Assessment will be carried out with each client one-to-one, identifying key areas that are posing barriers to progression and creating an action plan that will form key milestones to be achieved during their time on the project.
Space at the Broomhouse Hub – Planning Futures for Parents
Planning Futures for Parents will work predominantly with ethnic minority parents, but not exclusively, in the South West Edinburgh Locality.
They are out of work and want to secure paid employment to support their families and their social integration, learning and wellbeing.
The service includes:
- Employability group training sessions
- A weekly work club providing employability and digital skills support
- Self-employment training sessions
- 1:1 support to find an appropriate next step, and help to find specialised training/ services/volunteering such as ESOL, college places, Volunteer Centre, VTN etc.
The Datakirk – Data2Work
Data2Work (D2W) project for BAME parents living and working in Edinburgh who are socially and economically excluded and to help them gain essential data skills, progress to further learning and increase their employability.
D2W is designed to introduce participants to the exciting opportunities available at the intersection of data analytics, computing, and statistics through hands-on activities via the Professional Development Award (PDA) in Data Science. The PDA in Data Science at SCQF levels 7, 8 and 9.
D2W participants will also benefit from the following life-skills support activities including:
- Career Mentoring
- Study Support
- CV Writing Support
- Mock Interview Support
- Career and Networking Events for employability and career progression purposes.