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 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.

Find out more in the directory.

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.

Find out more in the directory.

The Broomhouse Centre – 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.

Find out more in the directory.

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.

Find out more in the directory.

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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