This  project, funded by an ESF community grant,  engages with  lone parents from across Yeovil and Shepton Mallet to support them to enter employment and further learning within the child workforce sector.  Before COVID-19 we were delivering classroom sessions in Yeovil, renting a training room at Somerset Skills and Learning.  Since COVID-19 all sessions have been delivered remotely online through Moodle, our e-learning platform, and on Zoom.

The course runs over 4 sessions and introduces and explores some of the key units working with children as a classroom assistant and childcare worker, including different job roles and progression routes, for example working in childcare or as teaching assistant. It is designed for unemployed learners to progress onto further learning, such as the City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools course.

The courses involve interactive workshops, such as Tutor-led presentations and discussions, video clips, games, quizzes, research activities and individual work to help each individual understand the career opportunities available and to self-assess their suitability.

So far, 15 students have enrolled on the course, with 9 learners progressing to  further learning.
We supported one participant, who was a single parent of a child aged under one.  She had been out of work for 12 months and needed to change her career as working shift patterns did not fit with her childcare commitments.  Upon joining the course, the participant lacked confidence and was unsure of what part-time jobs existed working with children.  The participant had excellent attendance and enthusiasm throughout the course.  Her confidence grew as a result of 1-2-1 support and she completed the taster course.  She went on to start the Level 2 Support Work in School qualification and is continuing to complete her assignments and work towards achieving the qualification.

For more information on the programme please contact Suzy Parkinson on 07392080312 or see here


Programme overview: our taster courses in Somerset