March 22, 2000
(Human Resources and Employment)
Single Parent Employment Support Program
In August 1998 Human Resources and Employment
(HRE) partnered with
the Single Parent Association of Newfoundland (SPAN) to deliver an
income supplementation pilot program.
Approximately 150 single parents have successfully completed the
Single Parent Employment Support Program. Since August 1998, 79
participants (64 per cent) are employed in either full or part-time
HRE has allocated $500,000 to the Single Parent Employment
Support Program (SESP) for 2000-2001.
The pilot provides financial and other support required to assist single
parents who receive income support to accept and maintain employment. SPAN
delivers the employment supports component. During a six-week training
period, participants receive instruction on resume writing, communications,
time and financial management and other job search skills. During the
program time, and four weeks after completion, participants pursue an active
job search with the assistance of the programís placement officers. HRE
delivers the income support plus an Earned Income Supplement which ranges
from $1 to $2.50 depending on the wage earned and hours worked.
Many families, and particularly single parent families, on income support
face barriers to employment. The SESP pilot is an active measure
designed to help single parent families in their transition to employment.
The income supplementation component, the child care allowance and the
extended drug card coverage ensure that participants will be "better
off" as a result of working.
Media contact: Marcia Porter, Communications, (709) 729-4062.
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