Single parents helped into work

A few of the Academy participants with their certificates, clockwise from front left - Kali-Anne Taylor, Jackie Crighton, Lisa Livingston, Caroline Christie, Ashley Johnston and Samantha Simpson.
A few of the Academy participants with their certificates, clockwise from front left - Kali-Anne Taylor, Jackie Crighton, Lisa Livingston, Caroline Christie, Ashley Johnston and Samantha Simpson.

Nine single parents, including one from Montrose, have graduated from a course in Arbroath to help prepare lone parents to return to work.

The four-week programme, which is delivered by Angus Council’s economic development Towards Employment Team in association with DWP, provides a range of support, including information about preparing a CV, advice about looking for a job and opportunities to brush up interview skills by taking part in mock interviews.

Montrosian Caroline Christie who attended the Lone Parent Employment Academy, said: “I found the course really worthwhile. I found the workshops and presentations very useful – there was something for everyone. I am now much more confident about getting back into employment.”

The programme includes short placements, so participants can gain valuable work experience, as well as information about the skills employers are looking for and the chance to meet lone parents who have re-entered the world of employment or set up their own business.

“In some cases, self-employment can provide much greater flexibility than working nine till five, which, for lone parents, can sometimes provide much better options for childcare provision,” said Donna Williamson, Business Adviser with Business Gateway, who delivered a self-employment workshop.

The graduation certificates were presented at a special ceremony by Councillor Sheila Hands, vice-convener, Development and Enterprise Committee.

She said: “This programme is a very worthwhile initiative which helps lone parents gain the necessary skills and confidence so they are ready to return to work. By graduating from the Lone Parent Academy, these nine participants have proved that they would be a very worthwhile addition to any business.”