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Urgent Employability Funding Opportunities

Dear Colleague,

We just wanted to let you know about the following new funding opportunities relating to employment services. Both of which have a tight turn around. More information will be available at the Forum on 4 November but in the meantime we wanted to give you a 'heads up'.

If you haven't yet booked your place at the Employability Forum please get in touch with Isabel Ritchie - details can be found at the end of this e-bulletin.

Certificate of Work Readiness Provider Capacity Building Fund - SDS

The Certificate of Work Readiness (CWR) launched in May 2013 by MSP Ms Constance, is a new approach with exciting prospects for young people and employers alike. The certificate has been developed in partnership with SQA and sits at SCQF level 4. It meets the need of employers for work ready young people with some experience of the work place and it provides a robust framework for delivery of a high quality work experience.

Skills Development Scotland is inviting bids for the Certificate of Work Readiness Provider Capacity Building Fund which will have a clear focus on developing innovative delivery which will include:-

These additional funding opportunities are being created in response to increasing employer demand for the Certificate of Work Readiness and a need to support the provider network across Scotland to meet this demand. The fund will be in the region of 150K and will be available in lots of 7K with applications limited to one per provider. The fund is available to providers who are new to the delivery of CWR as well as to those who are already delivering CWR or who are seeking accreditation to deliver CWR. Details are below and application is via Public Contracts Scotland.

Full details of the Certificate of Work Readiness Provider Capacity Building Fund can be found on Public Contracts Scotland website

Please note that the closing date for bids is 6 November 2013.


Community Work Placements Commercial Competition - DWP

Starting from April 2014, Community Work Placements will be one of three intensive options that Jobcentre Plus advisers can consider for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants who return from the Work Programme, and will be for those claimants whose key barrier to employment is either insufficient recent work experience or a lack of motivation, or both.

Community Work Placements will be a mandatory programme delivered by providers, who will be contracted to deliver work placements for claimants for 30 hours a week for up to 26 weeks, alongside supported jobsearch. They will be paid fees both for claimants attending placements, and for moving claimants into sustained employment.

Community Work Placements was tested in a trailblazer in 2012. The evaluation concluded that taking part had a positive impact on jobseekers' motivation and confidence.

Commercial Competition Timeline

The Minister of State for Employment, Esther McVey MP, is keen that as many organisations as possible have the opportunity to play a part in delivery of Community Work Placements, whether as a delivery partner to a successful provider or otherwise.

To facilitate this, DWP has prepared a 'Community Work Placements Information Pack' that will be available from 4 November 2013 to 4 December 2013.

The pack provides further information on Community Work Placements. It also signposts possible delivery partners to the Employment Related Support Services (ERSS) Framework Suppliers who are eligible to tender for contracts within each Community Work Placements Contract Package Area. If you require further information please contact

Fife Employability Forum

Date: Monday 04 November 2013

Time: 9.00am registration, 9.30am - 12.30pm followed by lunch

Venue: Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Don't miss out on this key event which will help inform strategic development of employment services in Fife.

Participants will:

Be part of the conversation!

Places are limited. To book a place please contact Isabel Ritchie and advise us of any dietary or special requirements that you may have.

Pegs Bailey, Capacity Building Officer (Employability)

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