Breaking Barriers to Employment

Community Links Scotland has been working with Arklet Housing Association to develop and manage a programme that aims to break down the barriers women from black, minority and ethnic backgrounds can face when seeking further education courses and employment.

Based in a local hall in Giffnock and delivered by Cardonald College on an outreach basis, seven women are taking part in a SQA accredited childcare unit that when completed, will gain them a guaranteed interview into a fulltime childcare course at Cardonald College.breaking barriers to employment

The women participating in the course were identified by Naheed Asghar, Arklet Housing Association’s BME Housing Coordinator and all expressed an interest in childcare related studies.  CLS have worked with Arklet HA to establish a partnership with Cardonald College to deliver this programme.

Most of the women taking part have limited education, little or no work experience and speak English as a second language. This taster opportunity is helping them to build their interest and confidence in formal study so they will be better placed to take on a fulltime course or seek employment.

The introduction to an SQA accredited unit in childcare has also sparked interest in some participants to consider the possibility of becoming registered childminders.

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