Falkirk Foundation have been delivering the Parents into Work Programmes in partnership with Department of Work and Pensions since 2011. Each programme is up to ten weeks long, three days per week and is delivered 4 times a year for 40 participants annually.
Our Project aims to increase participant’s confidence and self-esteem, improve health and personal wellbeing and increase employability & life skills. We aim for our participants to secure sustained employment resulting in their removal from the welfare system. We use the unique approach of including physical activity as part of the innovate programme.
The course aims to help participants search and prepare for employment. Activities include identifying core transferable skills and producing a CV that demonstrates those skills. We support the participants in preparation for interviews and organise mock interview practice with external interviewers. Each participant completes three SQA units that prepare them for work. We encourage and support the development of regular job search habits and peer support. We link regular physical activity to the programme due to its mental, social and emotional benefits.
At the end of the programme we aim to have improved participant’s self-confidence and motivation to apply for positions. We also assist in reducing any barriers to securing and sustaining employment. We signpost participants to further education so as to make any transition to college less prohibitive. We also provide work experience opportunities to allow them to develop skills where required.
Whilst in an ideal world, all participants will find employment by the end of the course, some don’t manage to. Therefore we also provide additional support for a further 5 weeks to each participant on a 1 to 1 basis helping them move into employment, training, education or work placement opportunities.
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