Highlighting our Dundee Employability Service
A Successful Single Parent Story
In Dundee, One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) is working in partnership with several other organisations across the city to make sure single parents’ journeys on the local employability pipeline into work is as smooth as possible. This partnership includes Dundee City Council, the WISE Group, Enable and Project Scotland.
Our family support services provide support to single parents who wish to start their journey towards employment. The types of journeys undertaken are varied and of different duration depending on individual circumstances. Single parents work on a one to one basis with our specialist worker, to create an action plan tailored to their personal situation. This outlines the coaching, training and wider support that can be provided.
One to one support enables an increase in employability skills, helps to identify education and training opportunities and can provide information and advice about career options and choices. Our support also helps in reducing barriers such as assistance to source child care, complete CV’s and application forms. Support continues throughout the parent’s journey on the employability pipeline including in-work support.
Sabrina Jackson is a single parent with a 3-year-old daughter. In June 2017 she contacted One Parent Families Scotland in Dundee for advice about returning to work in the beauty industry. Sabrina had previously completed several beauty courses and was interested in finding out about the possibility of becoming self-employed. Rather than go into employment straight away, Sabrina made the decision to return to study and enrolled in the HNC course ‘Fashion Make-Up’ at Dundee and Angus College. Sabrina excelled at college and won the HNC Fashion Make-Up Artist of the Year award, represented the college in the UK Skills Make-Up Competition and was also acknowledged for her participation in a fundraising event for cancer. Despite being a single parent and a full-time student, Sabrina also found time to volunteer at the International Women’s Centre where she taught make-up techniques to women to help increase their skills and build their confidence.
After completing her college course, Sabrina got back in touch with OPFS for support moving forward into self-employment and was referred to E-Zone, a business start-up advice and support organisation, for advice. She also met with staff at Making Money Work, a financial support project, where she was given the information she needed to ensure she was financially better off in self-employment. Sabrina was offered the opportunity to rent a room at the Faith Elder Beauty Academy in Dundee and she was given help with childcare and travel costs from Dundee City Council’s Discover Opportunities service to enable her to start working there in May.
Sabrina is enjoying working for herself and is happy that she has been busy with new clients. She is grateful for the support she has had and says, “Sometimes we feel we have lots of barriers as single parents, but we live in a country where we have a lot of opportunities and support and we must take this up to help us achieve our goals.”