Easing the pressure
The Council’s Working for Families project successfully helped Florica Stewart find a job in her chosen profession of social work.
Thanks to a dedicated adviser giving guidance on local childcare for her six and three year old, Florica could take up a part-time post.
Florica, 35, is originally from Romania and was concerned about how to translate her social work experience and qualification into a job in Scotland.
She didn’t have any social work experience in Edinburgh and was also unsure about how to apply for jobs and interview skills.
Florica met up with a Working for Families adviser to discuss her plans and identify the type of help which would help her achieve her goals.
"I was encouraged not to give up on five years of study. The adviser advised me to consider a useful course, which would give a good insight into working in the public sector, offering a work placement in social work and interview skills,” said Florica.Working for Families covered the cost of Florica's childcare during the work placement, which was an essential element in this success story.
Working with an adviser, Florica tailored her CV to potential employers and also developed her confidence in job interviews, which increased her employability.
After an interview in April, Florica was offered a part-time maternity position with the Council. The job was within easy reach of Florica's home, and she was able to easily pick up and drop off her children at school.
Need to know
Working for Families runs an adviser service to support parents and carers who may have barriers to accessing employment, education and training opportunities.
Community-based advisers can meet with a parent to help them with practical support and guidance on job applications, training courses and childcare advice.
The service is available across the City of Edinburgh Council area and can provide childcare costs for parents making the transition to work, plus costs related to work clothes and travel. For more information and to register, call Freephone 0800 432 0044 or visit www.edinburgh.gov.uk/workingforfamilies