Parental Employability Support Fund (PESF)

PESF is a support programme offered by Argyll and Bute Council which is funded by the Scottish Government.

It provides a more flexible and user-based model of delivery that supports parents into work as well as helping those already in work to increase their household income.

The programme provides:

  • Person-centred help for parents to address their barriers to work, which might include a lack of skills or work experience, health support, money advice, confidence building or motivational support.
  • Targeted support to help parents already in work through the provision of training and employability support to remain active in the workplace and gain progression through a rewarding career.
  • Confidential income and money advice which includes:
  • Benefit checks and help with any claim processes
  • Better off calculations
  • Help with debts, these can be a barrier to work
  • Creation of a bespoke budget for the family
  • Budgeting skills support to ensure long lasting effect

PESF aims to support parents to access or progress in work. It will provide appropriate and timely support to parents who within the targeted family groupings:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Require support to access employment
  • Require support to progress in work

Our Engagement Workers are keen to support parents that meet the following criteria:

  • Lone Parents
  • Parents with disabilities or a disabled child
  • 3 or more children
  • Minority Ethnic Families
  • Youngest child under 1 year
  • Parents age 25 years and less
  • Other low income families, including kinship carers

They can support parents gain new skills, qualifications and assist with job applications and compiling a CV.

If you would like to find out how the Parental Employability Support Fund can help you, please contact:

Tel: 01586 555990

Feedback on the PESF

“I just wanted to send a wee quick message to you to thank you for helping me. I cried when I came off the phone to you. I've been trying so long for this and was desperate to get a break and I'm actually now feeling so positive about the future”.

“Just to let you know I passed my HGV driving test this afternoon!! It still feels like a dream. I'm still in shock. Just wanted to say thanks so much for what you did. I couldn't have done this without you. I've finished reading the book you recommended so it's onwards and upwards for me now!”

“Thank you so much for the support I have received to date.  There is no way I would have been able to afford to pay to put myself through this course, and the fact that you paid for all the resources I needed to help me through my course was amazing.  It was also great to know my PESF support Worker was only a call away if I had any queries or needed help with anything.  Thank you!”


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