FVA Employability Bulletin, 04 February 2014
Welcome to the February edition of our employability e-bulletin. We hope it brings some sunshine into an otherwise drear and dreich month!
We particularly want to bring your attention to the newly released Draft 'Fife Employability Pathway Commissioning Guidelines'. A catchy title we know. For those of you that weren't able to join us at the Forum last Wednesday we highly recommend you take a look at our Fife Employability Forum article and also see the recommendations that came out of the Forum's discussions. If you have any comments or questions then please do get in touch with Pegs Bailey
Leading on from this FVA will be hosting two workshops on developing an Employability Consortium in Fife. More info here.
We are also featuring a new regular link to the Opportunities Fife job pages and a consultation from the team behind FORT. No more grumbling, if you want to help the system work for you this is your chance to feed into their developments.
Plus! Up-to-date information on volunteering whilst claiming benefits and all the usual news and updates from your good selves.
Finally we would like to congratulate Alan Boyle from West Fife Enterprise on being awarded an MBE for services to Skills Training. Well done Alan and all the team at WFE!
If you have information you want to share then just drop a line to Christine Davison
All the best and we look forward to hearing from you soon,
The team at FVA.
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Fife Employability Forum - 29 January 2014
FVA hosted the second Fife Employability Forum last week. The event focussed on discussing the Draft Fife Employability Pathway Commissioning Framework which was agreed at the Opportunities Fife Partnership on 23 February. Participants also heard from Bruce Penman of Edinburgh's Integrated Employment Services Consortium.
For those of you who were unable to join us you can find a copy of the Draft Fife Employability Pathway Commissioning Framework, all the presentations, and a note of the morning here.
Save these dates! The next Fife Employability Forums will be held on:
Wednesday 30 April at 9.30-12.30am
Wednesday 20 August at 9.30-12.30am
FVA will be hosting two initial workshops for third sector employability providers interested in consortium/partnership working.
2.00 to 4.30pm, Wednesday 12 February 2014, FVA Offices, Glenrothes
Understanding the legal structures and context for consortium working with presentations and Q&A with leading Charity Lawyer Alistair Keatinge. This session builds on key messages that came out of our recent Fife Employability Forum where Bruce Penman highlighted the many legal challenges they faced in establishing an employability consortium in Edinburgh.
Given the tight timeframes in which we are working this session will help us to be aware of, and plan for, some of the many complexities that are involved in working differently together.
2.00 to 4.30pm, Wednesday 26 February 2014, FVA Offices, Glenrothes
This will be a structured discussion. Participants should come prepared to talk about what their organisations can bring to, and would want from, working in Consortium in Fife. From this we hope to identify next steps for the sector in developing delivery models relating to the strategic areas of intervention highlighted in the FEP Commissioning Framework.
To register to attend either of these events please contact Christine Davison
On 23rd January the Opportunities Fife Partnership approved a Draft Commissioning Framework for the Fife Employability Pathway. The document focuses mainly on two key funding sources: European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) 2014-20 and Fairer Scotland Funding 2014/15 which between them for the coming year have an estimated value of £2million. To find out more click here.
Fife Voluntary Action is offering training on measuring soft outcomes for employability projects.
Click here for more information.
Just Enterprise is offering a two day "Advanced Tendering" event in Dundee. To find out more or book a place please
Kingdom Housing Association Ltd is offering additional support to unemployed Fife tenants aged 25+ for more information
Fife Council CLD is running a course at Auchmuty Learning Centre called Digital Skills in the Glenrothes area, for more information please click here.
Opportunities Fife Partnership have several job vacancies on their website. To view these click here.
We are thrilled to announce that our very own West Fife Enterprises Chief Executive Alan Boyle as been awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours List. The full article can be found
FORT are conducting a short questionnaire to help improve their service and the system itself. To take part please
Volunteering is an excellent way for unemployed people to build their work experience and expand their CV. We aim to clarify some of the confused messages around volunteering whilst claiming
benefits, click here to read more.