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FVA Employability update, 13 December 2013


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the last employability e-bulletin for 2013.

In this issue you will find a 'discussion document' from the Opportunities Fife Partnership on Fairer Scotland Funding plans for 2014/15 and beyond. Even if you do not currently receive FSF funding we strongly urge all service providers to read this document and feedback any comments to FVA as this is an important opportunity to input to the commissioning guidelines going forward.

There is lots of background reading on the latest thinking for the next rounds of ESF - and a summary for those of you that can't spare the time to read through it all.

And for something lighter check out the new Micro-Tyco initiative from WildHearts for budding social entrepreneurs.

The next Fife Employability Forum will be on Wednesday, 29 January, 9.30am - 12.30pm. The focus will be on partnership working, with some exciting examples of different ways of working together to stimulate our thinking as a sector. Don't forget to book your place now with Isabel at isabel@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

Finally if you have new projects starting in the New Year you want to let people know about or information to share then please get in touch with me, Pegs Bailey at pegs@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

In the meantime we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

Best wishes,
The team at FVA.


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In this issue:

  » Fife Employability Forum - date for your diary
  » FVA Third Sector Employability Services Report - revision
Funding
  » European Social Fund 2014-2020
  » Fairer Scotland Funding - discussion document
  » Employability Fund 2014/15
Training and Work Opportunities
  » Data Administration Opportunity at Fife Voluntary Action
  » My World of Work Training 2014
  » Welfare Reform Training - limited places available
Other News
  » Micro-Tyco Encourages Local Social Entrepreneurship
  » National Third Sector Employability Forum - 28 November 2013
  » Access to Work support extended for disabled people
  » Employers Kitemark for Carers - Survey
  » DWP Support for the long-term unemployed
  » Consultation on draft Welfare Funds in Scotland Bill


Fife Employability Forum - 29 January 2014

The focus will be on partnership working, with some exciting examples of different ways of working together to stimulate our thinking as a sector. Don't forget to book your place now with Isabel at isabel@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk.

Date: Wednesday 29th January
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm followed by lunch
Location: Meeting Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

FVA Third Sector Employability Services Report - revision

FVA have spotted a small error in our Third Sector Employability Services Report Working for Fife. We calculated a total of 90 datazones in the 20% most deprived SIMD areas in Fife. In fact there are only 87. This does not in any way alter the reports main conclusions, but we are fans of precision! For a revised copy of the report click here.

European Social Fund 2014-2020

Things are changing all the time. Nothing is yet set in stone, but you can read the latest here.

Fairer Scotland Funding - discussion document

At last! We have something to share. You will probably have guessed (or certainly hoped) that the deadline for FSF funding applications is no longer the end of December 2013. Opportunities Fife have now published a Discussion Document for us to comment on.

Even if you do not currently receive FSF we strongly recommend that you read this document as it gives a guide to Opportunities Fife thinking and priorities for 2014 and beyond.

This is our opportunity to influence that discussion. FVA will host a meeting for third sector providers to discuss their response to the document at 1pm on Monday 13th January. Venue tbc - depending on numbers.

If you wish to attend please email Pegs on pegs@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk or send any comments by Friday 10 January so that we can feed them back to the next Opportunities Fife meeting which will be held on Wednesday 23rd January.

Employability Fund 2014/15

The Employability Fund 2014/15 was launched on 22nd November 2013. The full details of the programme can be found at www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=NOV160865

Data Administration Opportunity at Fife Voluntary Action

Fife Voluntary Action are pleased to be offering a Community Jobs Scotland funded data administration post - ideal for a young person who is currently unemployed. To find out more click here.

My World of Work Training 2014

'Our WOW training was superb - all the delivery staff who I had in on it, were highly impressed.' Maureen Nesbit, West Fife Enterprise.

To find out more click here.

Welfare Reform Training - limited places available

Last call for free places on this online training package developed by Fife Council and Shelter. To find out more visit www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk/news.asp?id=4090

SDS - Micro-Tyco Encourages Local Social Entrepreneurship

A unique opportunity for voluntary sector organisations, schools and businesses to make a difference while developing their own entrepreneurial skills. To find out more click here.

National Third Sector Employability Forum - 28 November 2013

FVA were delighted to be asked to present the results of our Working for Fife mapping report at the most recent TSEF event. Get a wee summary of what else went on and links to all the presentations here.

Access to Work support extended for disabled people

The Access to Work scheme has set aside 2 million to help disabled people take up work placements. For more information click here

Employers Kitemark for Carers - Survey

Our FVA mapping report identified a need for more support for Carers, and low and behold here comes something at a national level: Carers Scotland are running a consultation on a kitemark for employers. The survey takes 10 minutes and will close on Friday 20th December. Click here

DWP Support for the long-term unemployed

A short update on the latest Help to Work Programme from DWP. Click here.

Consultation on draft Welfare Funds in Scotland Bill

This consultation is the first step in a legal process to underpin the Scottish Welfare Fund in legislation. Click here to find out more.




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supporting, developing and representing community groups,
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