ESF Career Progression for Low Skilled & Low Paid Parents and Other Workers

What is it?

We support employed workers, particularly parents and lone parents in low paid and/or unstable employment to increase their wage and gain more stable forms of regular employment that lift them out of poverty.

 What is the aim of the project?

To provide bespoke support to low skilled and low paid workers, help them move into:

  1. a)      Wage progression
  2. b)      Positive change in contract

 What Kind of Support will CECOS provide?

Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

  • A tailored individual support package to each participant, which will include mentoring and/or face to face coaching to employees through the Personal Advisers who all have IAG qualifications. The support package will address each participant’s assessed needs and will include focusing on increasing skills levels and working with employers to determine different progression opportunities, or providing Personal Adviser support to build confidence and motivation.
  • Initial assessment will be carried out to address the participant’s current situation, i.e. housing, work history and ‘Better off Calculations’ and understand why the participant has remained in low-paid employment.
  • A range of personalised progression outcomes will be agreed with wage progression always the primary goal. An individual progression plan (ILP) mapping out how to achieve the progression will be agreed with the participant resulting in an action plan and an agreed time frame.


  • Coaching in the workplace.
  • Development of soft skills such as basic skills.
  • Employability skills.
  • Work shadowing and buddy system of peers.
  • One-to-one mentoring support.
  • Ongoing information, advice and guidance.
  • Motivational and confidence building activities.
  • Life skills- how to deal with authority figures, developing a work ethic, financial and debt management.
  • Employer led training.
  • Food Safety.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Risk Assessment.
  • Safeguarding.
  • Prevent.


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Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be 19 plus
  • Must have the right to work in the UK