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Applications open for Skills for Life programme

Posted on 8 Oct 2019

Applications are now open for the Council’s Skills for Life programme which aims to help single parents get back into work.

Applications will be open from Monday 7 October until Thursday 24 October followed by an information session and interviews.

The Skills for Life initiative is an intensive skills and training programme that helps support the long-term unemployed get back into employment. It is a partnership approach which sees the Council, Ayrshire College, Department for Work and Pensions, CEIS Ayrshire and CARIS all working together to provide participants with a meaningful and valuable experience.

The programme has been successfully delivered in North Ayrshire for the past three years with many of its participants going on to secure jobs.

The focus is entirely on single parents to help provide them with an opportunity they may not have had since becoming a parent – a chance to gain real experience in the workplace.

Heather is one of the 20 participants who took part in the previous programme. Heather, said: “Before starting the programme I had little confidence and experience in the sector I wanted to work in, I had also been out of work for sometime.

“The programme helped me to develop valuable skills and experience and my confidence grew. My newfound confidence coupled with the three months of employability training helped me to secure a position as Library Assistant with the council.”

The participants will take part in a skills and training academy at the Ayrshire College – picking up a number of qualifications along the way.They will also receive childcare and money advice to ensure they reap the rewards that working life can bring.

And after the initial training they will then begin a 26-week work placement with the Council in roles such as catering, cleaning and janitorial staff, admin assistant, care at home assistant and assistant customer service advisor.

On completion of the programme, they will continue to be supported by all partners in their quest for employment.

Speaking about the programme, Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member of Economy, said:  “One of our main priorities as a Council is to increase job opportunities for our residents and the Skills for Life programme is just one in a number of ways we work to achieve this.

“We understand and appreciate the challenges that being a single parent presents – not least when you add full-time employment into the mix as well.  

“But by working alongside these individuals we have been able to develop a unique and tailored programme that allows them to take that first step back into employment.”

Full details of how to apply is available on