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 eight projects delivered by multiple organisations as outlined below.


Access to Industry – Access DDI

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. They will be unemployed or experiencing in-work poverty (and for whom access to re-training will enable a step up or a career change).

Emphasis will be on engaging parents who meet the priority groups of the Edinburgh and South East City Deal’s Data-Driven Innovation’s (DDI) skills gateway such as parent: with a disability or have a disabled child; from a minority ethnic background; who are women.

It will also work with parents, outlined in the PESF specification, who may not fit the above criteria but are parents: with 3+ children; who have a child under 1; who are under age 25.

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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.

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 milestone to be achieved during their time on the project.

Working holistically with parents, caseworkers will build a relationship by offering support with welfare advice; financial planning & budgeting; housing & wellbeing support; skills based learning; and motivational support (confidence; self-esteem). Sessions take place in a place of safety for the parents – accessing a room at their local childcare provision or school – it will be flexible to accommodate the needs of the client.

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Enable Scotland – Progress for Parents

Progress for Parents support parents of disabled children at stages 3-5 of the pipeline into employment or to progress in their current employment, with a focus on income maximisation. ENABLE Scotland will deliver a flexible outreach service that parents can access 5 hours of support a week, through a blended model of flexible support.

Accessing 1:1 employment support, employability workshops and welfare rights intervention to maximise and manage existing/new income, parents will be supported to work towards their employment goals whilst considering their needs as parents of disabled children e.g. flexible working considerations, carer/parental support, digital skills/poverty and employment rights.

Parents will be supported to create/update their CVS, job search, complete job applications & prepare for interviews. Work placements, job coaching, and ongoing aftercare will be offered to parents in need of additional support to sustain their role, and carer awareness training will be offered to employers to understand the needs of these parents.

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The Broomhouse Centre – Workspace: Employment and Skills

Working across local neighbourhoods in South West Edinburgh, Space will work with parents who are out of work and in receipt of benefits and those who are in low income employment.

The project will focus on three areas – employability, self-employment, and home working – to support individuals on their journey into, or back to work. We offer suitable tailored support, including access to new skills, practising interview techniques, helping with CV development, business start-up advice and contract or homeworking advice.

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The Datakirk – BAMELYTICS

BAMELYTICS Employability project targets BAME communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic resulting in job losses, reduced hours, and financial difficulty (BAME parents with a child under the age of 18).

BAMELYTICS includes 15-week programmes comprising of virtual learning, face-to-face, lab sessions, career development and networking events. Therefore, we are committed to engage with learners for at least 5 hours per week.

It will provide an introduction to data science for business, introducing participants to the exciting opportunities available at the intersection of Data Science, computing, and mathematics through hands-on activities.

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PESF Boost

Canongate Youth – Networks

Networks will provide an employability and advice service specifically for young parents under the age of 25 who are currently unemployed.

Using a person-centred approach, the project will support young parents through a programme of 1- 1 support sessions and groupwork. This will focus on developing employability skills and building confidence but also build in holistic support around the key issues the young people are facing such as housing, parenting, mental health and childcare.

As an SQA accredited centre we can offer the young parents the opportunity to complete qualifications (communication, numeracy, IT, Employability Award and Wellbeing Award) and this can be incorporated into the groupwork programme. We also offer hospitality and customer service skills which can be delivered from our social enterprise kitchen facilities.

Children 1st – Maximise! Every Chance for Young Parents

Maximise! Every Chance for Young Parents will provide tailored and focused support to young parents to enable them to continue their development along the Skills Pipeline towards employment.

We will use our strengths-based referral and assessment documentation to assess the needs of each young person. Wraparound support to parents will address wellbeing needs, money worries, skill development needs and employability support simultaneously, to ensure each parent has the capacity to achieve their employment goals and aspirations.

We will utilise both face-to-face support and online support.

Enable Scotland – Progress for Disabled Parents

Progress for Disabled Parents will support disabled parents to progress toward employment whilst removing and managing their barriers – such as their disability and their caring responsibilities as a parent.

Working with disabled parents across Edinburgh at stages 2-3 of the employability pipeline, ENABLE Scotland will deliver a flexible early pipeline stage employment service that disabled parents can access, through a blended model of flexible support. Accessing 1:1 employment support, employability workshops including a series of confidence and managing mental health workshops.

Through individual action planning, parents will be supported to work towards their long-term employment goals whilst considering the needs that their disability presents, and their barriers as parents e.g. flexible working considerations, carer/parental support, digital skills/poverty and employment rights.

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