Esf Career Progression For Low Skilled And Low Paid Parents And Other Workers
What is it?
Services must support employed workers, particularly parents and lone parents in low paid and/or unstable employment to increase their wage and gain more stable forms of regular employment that lift them out of poverty.
Who is the project for?
The programme is for beneficiaries who are low skilled and low paid the primary participants will be low paid parents, particularly lone parents. The Services should aim to recruit a minimum of 45% of participants who are parents, 30% of whom should be lone parents.
What is the aim of the project?
• To provide bespoke support to low skilled and low paid workers, help them move into:
a) Wage progression
b) Positive change in contract
What Kind of Support is Available?
Examples of the type of support that can be provided include:
Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)
• A tailored individual support package to each participant, which should include mentoring and/or face to face coaching to employees through the Personal Adviser. The support package must address each participant’s assessed needs and may include focusing on increasing skills levels and working with employers to determine different progression opportunities, or providing Personal Adviser support to build confidence and motivation.
• Initial assessment must address the participant’s current situation, i.e. housing, work history and ‘Better off Calculations’ and understand why the participant has remained in low-paid employment.
• A range of personalised progression outcomes must be agreed with wage progression always the primary goal. An individual progression plan mapping out how to achieve the progression must be agreed with the participant.
Regulated and Non-Regulated Activities
• The Services must provide any type of regulated (achieving a qualification) and non-regulated activities that the participant may benefit from in order to achieve wage progression (e.g. coaching or mentoring, participation in workshops; development of soft skills such as basic skills, employability skills; work shadowing).
• Participants who have English as a second language may benefit from support from the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC)
• The Services may provide accredited units of learning at Level 3 and above in subject areas, where these do not lead to a full qualification.
• Other examples of support include; One-to-one mentoring support, Ongoing information, advice and guidance, Motivational and confidence building activities, Life skills, for example how to deal with authority figures, developing a work ethic, financial and debt management, Employer led training, short courses and skills packages, for example CSCS, first aid, food hygiene, manual handling, customer service, or units towards qualifications.
What is the employer’s involvement in the project?
• If participants are identified via their employer, the Services should establish any skill needs on an individual or sector basis that will meet the needs of the business; aids organisational development and helps individuals to progress (TNAs). Exit interviews must also be conducting with employer if they are involved.
• Some businesses may not support the development of participants and participants may be identified without the knowledge of their employer. In this case, the implications of providing this activity outside of working hours must be considered; in both cases, given the focus on parents, consideration should be given to the location and availability of childcare support.
What are the timeframes involved?
No new participants can be recruited within 6 months of the end of the programme.