Taking the Lead in Employability

Archived news: published on Friday 17 Apr 2015 by Fife Council

Take the Lead project gave lone parents the chance to find their way into work

Take the Lead project gave lone parents the chance to find their way into work

Lone parents in Fife have been given the chance to find their way into work, thanks to an Opportunities Fife Initiative called Take the Lead.

The Opportunities Fife programme, organised by Fife Council, Fife College and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), ran for six weeks at Fife College, Pentland House, in Glenrothes.  The programme itself is aimed at combating child poverty and improving support to families with activities ranging from motivational and confidence building, exploring the job market, to preparing for work experience and health and well-being.

Part of the programme involved a two-week work placement with those taking part securing placements in sectors including telecoms, retail and admin.

Building on the success of previous Take the Lead programmes run throughout Fife, nine participants completed the programme this time around and three have already received job offers!

At the end of the programme, participants were awarded a certificate at a ceremony attended by Provost of Fife Jim Leishman, Depute Council Leader Councillor Lesley Laird, Executive Spokesperson for Economy and Planning and Cllr Tony Martin, chair of Opportunities Fife as well as representatives from Fife College and local employers.

Councillor Tony Martin said: “Opportunities Fife provides a range of ways to offer help and support from apprenticeship programmes like the Fife Job Contract, to skills academies and targeted programmes like Take the Lead for lone parents. Initiatives like Take the Lead demonstrate once again the strength of the partnership that exists in Fife with organisations and employers helping more Fifers find their way into work.

Councillor Lesley Laird said: “It was inspirational and humbling to meet the participants who have taken part in this project.  Hearing first hand how they have learned the skills they need to prepare them for the job market is a real tangible benefit investment in programmes like this can bring for not just participants but also their families.”

Cllr Martin added: “I’d urge anyone who wants to find their way into work, whatever their age or background, to contact us to find out how they can access the wealth of support on offer.”

Alan Blair, Programme Tutor from Fife College, who delivered the Take the Lead course content, added: “My job is such a fun one! I get to show people what support is available and how to connect to supportive thinking and the opportunities available within Fifes communities to support lone parents!

“The programme participants come with such a strong and positive attitude towards change and to making a difference for themselves and their families.  This makes it relatively easy to connect them through the partnership to the support they need for success.”

Don’t miss out!

For more information on Fife Job Contract, news and job vacancies:

Lucinda McAllister, Service Manager - Employability and Supported Employment Service 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 40 67 42 Fax: 01383 602542 Contact Lucinda McAllister online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT

Lesley Laird, Councillor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 24 64 Contact Lesley Laird online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

Tony Martin, Councillor 
Tel: 07872 42 38 35 Contact Tony Martin online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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