Job help for single parents

20141126- Angus Employability Skills Academy. 'Councillor Sheila Hands (Vice Convener - Development and Enterprise Committee)  presented Graduation Certificates to nine participants who have just completed the Angus Employability Skills Academy . 'Pictured with their certificates (clockwise from front left) are Kali-Anne Taylor, Jackie Crighton, Lisa Livingston, Caroline Christie, Ashley Johnston and Samantha Simpson. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

20141126- Angus Employability Skills Academy. 'Councillor Sheila Hands (Vice Convener - Development and Enterprise Committee) presented Graduation Certificates to nine participants who have just completed the Angus Employability Skills Academy . 'Pictured with their certificates (clockwise from front left) are Kali-Anne Taylor, Jackie Crighton, Lisa Livingston, Caroline Christie, Ashley Johnston and Samantha Simpson. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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On Friday nine ‘Lone Parents’ were presented with certificates to mark their graduation from an Angus Council employability course.

The four-week programme, which is delivered by Angus Council’s economic development Towards Employment Team in association with DWP, helps single parents prepare for returning to work.

The programme 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.

It also includes short placements so participants can gain 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.

Stuart Scott of Stuart’s Fresh Fish in Arbroath provided one of the participants with a work experience opportunity. He said: “Assisting the Towards Employment Team with their Employment Academy was very worthwhile. As an employer, I fully recognise the need to provide practical assistance to help people get back into work and, from my viewpoint, the Academy has been a terrific success.”

Councillor Sheila Hands, vice-convener, Development and Enterprise Committee, presented the certificates. 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.”