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Kali-Anne Taylor, Jackie Crighton, Lisa Livingston, Caroline Christie, Ashley Johnston, Samantha Simpson.
Kali-Anne Taylor, Jackie Crighton, Lisa Livingston, Caroline Christie, Ashley Johnston, Samantha Simpson.

Nine local students have become the latest to gradaute from the Lone Parent Employment Academy, run by Angus Council and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

The four-week programme, which is open to parents across the county, is delivered by Angus Council’s economic development Towards Employment Team.

It helps single parents prepare for returning to work and provides a range of support, including information about preparing a CV, advice about looking for a job and interview skills.

The programme also includes short placements so participants can gain valuable work experience, as well as information about the skills employers are looking for and the chance to meet lone parents who have re-entered the world of employment or set up their own business.

Donna Williamson, business adviser with Business Gateway, delivered a self-employment workshop.

She said: “In some cases, self-employment can provide much greater flexibility than working nine until five, which, for lone parents, can sometimes provide much better options for childcare provision,”

The graduation certificates were presented at a special ceremony by Councillor Sheila Hands, vice-convener of the council’s Development and Enterprise Committee.

She said: “This programme is a very worthwhile initiative which helps lone parents gain the necessary skills and confidence so they are ready to return to work,”