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FVA Employability Bulletin, 17 January 2014

Welcome to the first employability e-bulletin for 2014 and a Happy New Year!

We hope this e-bulletin finds you getting into the swing of the new beginnings and the new year - and not still recovering from the ‘old endings’ of 2013. Either way there is certainly plenty to be getting on with.

There are new developments with the Fairer Scotland Fund (FSF) Commissioning Guidelines morphing into Commissioning Guidelines for the whole Fife Employability Pipeline. These will be going to the Opportunities Fife Partnership on 23rd January and we will have the opportunity to discuss this at the next Fife Employability Forum on 29th January (see below for more details).

There is also a consultation out on ESF 2014-20 with a tight deadline for responses. Links to the document and our draft response can be found here.

And two new courses from Springboard and ENABLE.

As always let us know if you have projects or information you want to share. The next e-bulletin will be going out early in February so please send articles for inclusion to us by the end of January.

All the best and we look forward to hearing from you soon,
The team at FVA.

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In this issue:

  » Fife Employability Forum – Wednesday 29th January
  » European Social Fund 2014-2020
  » Fairer Scotland Funding
Training and Work Opportunities
  » Springboard Training – Let’s Cook!
  » ENABLE – Works4U training programme
Other News
  » Universal Credit to face delays as Cabinet Office IT experts withdraw from the project
  » CareerHack ‘app competition’
  » "Cons to Cobblers" - James Timpson Lecture

Fife Employability Forum - 29 January 2014

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

Join us to hear about and contribute to the development of Opportunities Fife Partnership’s Commissioning Strategy for the Fife Employability Pathway 2014 and beyond.

We know that whatever happens partnership working will be central to projects going forward. Participants will hear from experts by experience: Edinburgh’s Integrated Employability Consortium which brings together a range of organisations led by Edinburgh College’s WEACT to deliver a larger scale employability service with great results.

Come along and 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.

Fairer Scotland Funding

The draft FSF commissioning guidelines we circulated before Christmas are now being developed into a Commissioning Strategy for the full Fife Employability Pathway. To read our feedback to Fife Council on the first version of these click here.

European Structural Investment Funds 2014-20

The Future Funds team at Scottish Government have published a consultation document which sets out plans for ESIF funding proposals and Operational Programmes which will guide all funding opportunities for 2014-20. The key section we think you should read is very short indeed: Section 5, page 20. To find out more click here.

Springboard Training – Let’s Cook!

A short introductory course for young people interested in working as a Chef - Chef Whites, travel costs and lunch all provided. To find out more click here.

ENABLE – Works4U training programme

ENABLE are running an employability course for young people with additional support needs who have finished school and or college and who still feel they need support in order to be ready to get a job. Course starts 24th Feb. To find out more click here.

Universal Credit to face delays as Cabinet Office IT experts withdraw from the project

Leaked documents reveal mounting tensions between the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The Cabinet Office has accelerated the pullout of its elite team of IT experts from the project, according to minutes of the government's universal credit board. Click here to read more.

CareerHack ‘app competition’

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has launched a competition calling for developers to build an app to help people hack into a new career. The CareerHack contest asks developers to find innovative, creative and inspiring ways of using data made available through the LMI for all data site. To find out more click here.

"Cons to Cobblers" - James Timpson Lecture

A lecture is being held on 28 January with James Timpson, who is Chief Executive of Timpson, to discuss the importance of second chances and the benefits of recruiting ex-offenders. For more information or to book a place please click here.

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