FVA Employability Bulletin, 11 March 2014
Welcome to the March edition of our employability e-bulletin. This morning on the way to work we noticed clumps of daffodils bursting forth in joyous yellow announcing that Spring is finally
here. We don’t know about you but we are very happy to wave goodbye to February and welcome the longer days.
In this month’s issue we have lots of information on funding and a host of learning events. Fife Council are keen to promote a new Digital Skills Course which they have developed in partnership with Fife College directly aimed at those affected by welfare reform – if it could help your clients then check it out!
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Adam Dunkerley who started post earlier in February as the new Opportunities Fife Partnership Manager. Adam is based in Fife Council’s
Enterprise Planning and Protective Services Department and is already enjoying a busy diary.
Great news - the e-bulletin’s circulation has now hit 175!
So don’t forget if you have information you want to share then please get in touch with
Christine Davison. The deadline for content for our next bulletin is Monday 31st March.
All the best and we look forward to hearing from you soon,
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
As a result of discussions at the Forum in February, FVA committed to facilitating initial conversations about developing a third sector employability consortium in Fife. To find out what has
happened so far click here.
The good news is that the Scottish Government are still committed to starting the programme on 01 July 2014. Much is still unknown but we do now know that funding for employability outcomes
will be commissioned through an Employability Pipeline approach managed by local Community Planning Partnerships. It is likely (but not confirmed) that these will operate at local authority
level with a Super CPP acting as the fund coordinator and liaison with Scottish Government.
Fife Council is working with other local authorities and Scottish Government to confirm the amount of money that it will be awarded for the 2014-20 period and also to gather high level detail
on how our local pipeline will be shaped. Dundee are leading on work to look at the different models for applying simplified costs to reduce the burden of audit and verification. Decisions will
doubtless start coming out thick and fast over the next few months – so watch this space!
SCVO have announced that 1,200 jobs will be created in the next financial year through the Community Jobs Scotland Fund. An additional 255 CJS jobs were also announced for this financial year
but these have already been filled!
The Enterprise Ready Fund from the Scottish Government invests in enterprising third sector organisations that demonstrate the greatest potential for sustainability and growth. The grant is
designed to enable them to move forward with their plans. The last deadline for applications is 16 June 2014. For full details visit their
Just Enterprise is offering a two day “Advanced Tendering” event in Dundee. To find out more or book a place click here.
Up to 1,500 digital skills places are being offered through a partnership between Fife College and Fife Council’s Community Learning and Development. They are looking to work with partners to
promote the courses available. To find out more visit our website.
Our Skillsforce, delivered by Skills Development Scotland and partner organisations are hosting a free funding, advice and networking event for employers in Fife. If you know of employers who
might be interested in learning more about the support available to them please pass this on. Click here
to find out more. Or click here to see other events throughout Scotland.
This seminar on Thursday 27th March 2014 brings together senior government advisors, recognised experts and leading local practitioners to explore the prospects of boosting the employability
of families with multiple and complex needs. More information is available on the cesi website or click here
to book a place.
The seminar will hear from representatives from a number of different government departments to demonstrate the cross-government working of Social Justice. More information is available on the
cesi website or click here to book a place.
The 2014 Youth Employment Convention intends to create a dynamic conversation over two days involving young people, employers, providers of support services, commissioners, policy makers and
stakeholders - culminating in a Call to Action intending to put youth employment and skills at the heart of the manifestos of all the major political parties.
The date of the next national TSEF is Tuesday 1 April 2014 from 10am to 2:30pm. The forum will be held in Atlantic Quay, Glasgow. For more information or to book your place please
contact Gerald Wilson.
Springboard Scottish Tourism Careers Festival presents - Tennent's Training Academy National Waiters Fun Day on Friday 14 March from
11.00am – 2.30pm click here to visit our website for more information.
A new report from independent think tank the Resolution Foundation has launched a report looking into childcare and the maternal labour supply. You can read Employability in Scotland’s summary
article and the full report here.
SIMD areas are increasingly becoming target areas for funding. Opportunities Fife Partnership aim to target SIMD areas for investment. To help you with this Fife Voluntary Action have
summarised information on the SIMD and have put together a list of the areas in Fife which are in the 20% most deprived in Scotland. Please visit our website
to read more.
A new DWP funded Health and Work Service is being rolled out across Scotland, England and Wales to get employed people on sick leave back into work as quickly as possible. Further details of
this can be read on our website.
A guide from the DWP and CIPD titled Work Experience Placements That Work: A guide for employers, helps employers to develop work placements or improve those currently offered.
Click here for the guide or read more on our website.
If you know of an employer than may benefit from this guide please pass it on.
The Opportunities Fife website is being redesigned. Check out the new look and most importantly its regularly updated job vacancies list
Do you use FORT and need a refresher or have never used FORT before? Shirley from Advice Infrastructure will visit your organisation and provide
free training that meets the needs of your organisation. Whether you have never used FORT before, have some new staff members or would like a
refresher, Shirley will come to your workplace. Contact Shirley for more details or to
book your training session.