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Title: Routes into Training and Employment

Routes into Training and Employment
  • Promoting the employability of parents is one of
    the four core Sure Start service targets for the
    period 2003-04 to 2005-06
  • It represents the contribution of Sure Start
    Local Programmes to the general strengthening of

Research Questions
  • Which courses did parents attend?
  • Why did parents attend courses?
  • What difference did attending a Sure Start course
    make to parents?
  • Which factors promoted access to courses?

Evidence Base
  • Data from 3 programmes
  • Survey
  • 96 questionnaires returned
  • Interviews with parents
  • 25
  • Interviews with service providers
  • Job Centre Plus
  • College of Further Education
  • Local employer

Survey Pattern of Response

Mapping Courses to Sure Start Targets
  • 49 courses across 3 programmes
  • Improving social and emotional development
  • Parents Matter
  • Personal Development
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Time Out
  • Committee Skills
  • Young Parenting

Improving Health
  • Chill out and Change
  • Healthy Eating
  • Food Hygiene
  • Baby and Child Lifesaver
  • Drugs Awareness
  • Outdoor Health and Safety
  • Community Health
  • St. Johns Ambulance First Aid Early Years
  • Anatomy and Physiology Level 3

Improving Ability to Learn
  • Christmas Crafts
  • Top Tots
  • Story Sacs
  • Jollyphonics workshop
  • Introduction to Childcare (Fathers/male carers)
  • National Tests Maths and English
  • NVQ 3 Childcare and Early Education

Strengthening Families and Communities
  • Digital Photography
  • Plumbing
  • Counselling
  • OCN Family History
  • Aromatherapy levels 1 and 3
  • Computer course level 1
  • Childcare level 1
  • NVQ 3 Childcare and Early Years Education

Reasons for Course Attendance
I thought going on the first aid course would
help me as a parent, you know if anything
happened to my child, an accident

Perceived Benefits
I am a lot more confident around people and my
child is a lot more happy meeting other people

Hopes and Benefits
  • Most parents attended courses to gain a
    qualification and benefit themselves as parents
  • Only 25 of parents took up courses with the
    stated aim of helping them into employment
    (consistent with NESS findings)
  • However, on completing the course most valued
    gaining confidence and learning new skills more
    highly than gaining a qualification

Promoting Access to Courses What Works
  • Localised
  • Staged
  • Responsive
  • Flexible

Promoting Access to Courses What Works
  • Course development user led
  • Information sharing diverse local strategy
  • Progression routes
  • Taster Glass Painting Computing Reflexology
  • Leisure Salsa Christmas Craft
  • Semi-formal Jolly Phonics Committee Skills
    Personal Development Healthy Eating
  • Formal Food Hygiene Child Care, NVQ Levels 1,
    2 and 3, Aromatherapy, levels 1, 2 and 3
    Computer (CLAIT level 1)

Promoting Access What Works
  • Provision of free child care
  • 54 of all respondents had used child care

Sure Start offer crèche facilities its a big
incentive The child care is wonderful - if there
was no child care , I wouldnt be able to do a
Promoting Access What Works
  • Course timing
  • Male carers evening and weekend
  • Female carers school hours
  • Transport
  • In-course support
  • Learning Mentors

Helping out with Sure Start has given me
confidence, I've gone on to do interviews and
given speeches, I'd never have done that before
  • Volunteering was seen as an opportunity to build
    confidence and gain work experience across
  • Parent representatives and mentors (supported by
    training) 70 parents across 6 programmes
  • Peer support breast feeding
  • Planning and delivering activities

Value of Volunteering
A strong culture of volunteering brings with it
confident individuals, empowered communities
which are safe and friendly places to live,
better services, local and national government
which is more responsive and a more vibrant
economy David Blunkett, 2001
Partnership Working
I'll attend courses like childcare, just to meet
the parents in the coffee break. I can chat to
them over coffee, so it's informal. Job Centre
  • Job Centre Plus
  • Local delivery (attend Young Parents group, CAB
    Drop in sessions)
  • Sign posting parents on to Sure Start courses
  • Action Teams for Jobs
  • Local colleges of Further Education

Local Employer Perspectives
  • A large local employer identified a clear link
    between using Sure Start and/or attending its
    courses and employability

Local Employer Perspective
  • If a parent has used Sure Start and their
    activities or courses or has become a parent
    volunteer, this tells me, the employer, that this
    person has shown initiative. They have made a
    decision to go through the door. If they are
    doing courses, it doesnt really matter which
    ones, they have the basic skills we require.
    These are all skills we would look for to deliver
    effective customer service, so we would be very
    interested in that person.

Key Findings
  • Relatively high numbers of parents engaged in
    training courses, compared to programmes studied
    by NESS (2004)
  • High level of father involvement in one programme
    and young parents in another
  • Only 25 of parents took up courses with the
    stated aim of helping them into employment
    (consistent with NESS findings)
  • Growth in confidence was the greatest perceived
    benefit from course attendance

  • Develop informal monitoring systems which track
    parent progress and outcomes
  • Ensure clear progression routes from
    taster/introductory courses to advanced level 3
    NVQ courses
  • Explore the introduction of Individual learning
    plans to assist parents in planning their own
    learning goals and possible learning routes