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How digital skills can help single parents get back to work

Posted by Sinead in General on Tue 1 Dec, 2015

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5 years ago almost to the day, I had this crazy idea. Could I take a group of single mums, teach them digital skills, and get them freelance work so that they could start to earn an income without having to go out to a job?

Well I did it.

Inspired by a life-changing year being part of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, I set up the Digital Academy training low income single parents to be digital outsourcers. In 2013, when I met my co-founder Ian, this project became Fluency, a digital skills training company getting young people into work.

Two and a half years later, we're going back to our roots! Thanks to a generous grant from Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and support from the East London Business Alliance, this February/March we're running a four week digital skills course for single parents living in Islington looking to get back in the workforce.

The course will cover all aspects of social media marketing from how to choose the right channels to campaign design. The course will begin on Tuesday February 23rd and last until Friday March 18th. Workshops will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-1pm and there will be online learning on the Fluency platform to complete Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The learning part of the programme will be followed by a two week work placement in a high growth tech startup where the women will get to put their skills into practice. We will then support them to find a job or set up their own business.

There are only six places available on this pilot programme so if you are a single parent living in Islington who wants to get back to work, or know of one, then apply today.

Applications close on Friday 12th February 2016.

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