Posted 8 February 2021
New research report ‘The single parent debt trap’ published by Gingerbread and StepChange, the UK’s leading debt charity, reveals that single parents are more likely to be living with problem debt. The research also shows...
Published on 5 March 2019
The report sets out what is currently known about single parents’ take-up and experiences of apprenticeships and traineeships in Britain, with a particular focus on London. It considers how far these schemes close the skills gap for single parents and meet their particular needs in terms of work and caring, showcasing examples of good practice. It sets out a series of recommendations for the future design, delivery and evaluation of these schemes, to ensure that they better meet the needs of single parents.
Apprenticeships represent an opportunity for single parents to upskill and improve their job prospects and pay. Traineeships could be suitable for single parents with pre-school aged children, who have the flexibility to train for up to a year rather than move into work under Universal Credit rules, as a gateway to an apprenticeship. However, the report finds that the proportion of single parents in Britain currently undertaking apprenticeships is very low and that those single parents currently participating in these schemes are predominantly doing so as part of their existing jobs. The report identifies a range of barriers – both generic and specific to single parents, that are likely to be preventing them from taking up these opportunities.