The majority of single parents are in work; almost all of those not in work want to work, study or train. However, many don’t have the formal qualifications needed to help them compete in a crowded jobs market. This means that, when they do find work, over two-thirds enter the three lowest paid industries.
This report explains the skills profile of single parents, and models the gains for single parents and the state if the government provided full-funded training opportunities for those out of work or working part-time to achieve their first level 3 qualification (equivalent to an A-level). The report calls for more funding to invest in single parent training, moving jobcentre support away from getting single parents into ‘any job’, and towards sustainable job outcomes.