Fife Voluntary Action logo

FVA Employability Bulletin, Monday 14 April 2014


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to our April e-bulletin. As usual there is plenty going on:

We have the up-to-the-minute latest on European Social Investment Funding and details of who has been awarded Employability Fund contracts through Skills Development Scotland.

To find out more about these and the latest on European Funding and the Fife Employability Pathway Commissioning Framework then don’t forget to book a place at the next Fife Employability Forum on Wednesday 30 April.

We are pleased to include an ‘exclusive’ interview with the new Opportunities Fife Partnership Manager Adam Dunkerley and an update on what the Partnership has been up to.

In particular we want to flag up two pieces of research which OFP are commissioning; one is focussing on employability provision for people with health problems and disabilities and the other on provision for ex-offenders. These pieces of research are working on a tight timeframe to inform the Commissioning Framework and so if the researchers get in touch with you then please be as helpful as you can!!

In the meantime we have highlighted a range of different funding opportunities and a whole host of policy and research reports that are of interest.

In terms of new workshops Fife Rural Skills Partnership is running a programme of free workshops in May for women in Levenmouth area and there is a ‘confidence building with horses’ workshop which we think sounds fascinating!

Finally 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 Wednesday 30 April.

Update in total the bulletin now goes out to = 190

All the best and we look forward to hearing from you soon,

The team at FVA.


Follow FVA on Twitter and/or like us on Facebook:   Follow us on Twitter: #fifevolaction   Find us on Facebook


In this issue:

  » Fife Employability Forum, Wednesday 30 April 2014, Rothes Halls
  » Latest on European Social Investment Funding (ESIF) 2014-20
  » Opportunities Fife Partnership Update and Exclusive Interview
  » SDS Employability Fund Allocations 2014-15
Funding
  » Funding to Help Young Scots in Rural Areas Gain Employment and Employability Skills
  » Third round of the Coastal Communities Fund has reopened for applications
  » Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme
  » Support for Sports Social Enterprises
  » Funding for Fife from People's Health Trust, deadline Wednesday 23 April 2014
Training and Work Opportunities
  » New Workshops for Women in Levenmouth Area
  » REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course, Tuesday 29 April 2014
  » Confidence Building with Horse Power Scotland
  » Mentally Healthy Event, Dunfermline, Wednesday 30 April 2014
  » Introduction to Autism, Friday 16 May 2014
  » Volunteering Opportunities
Other News
  » Making Access Work 4 You Website
  » DWP 2014 budget announcements
  » Working Tax Credits for Those Who Work Less Than 16 hours and Have Children
  » Universal Credit: Help Make Work Pay
  » Third Sector Employability Forum Wider Group, Monday 28 April 2014, Glasgow
  » Reduce unemployment by helping jobless volunteer – new report
  » Working with Minority Ethnic Clients to Promote and Progress Racial Equalities Toolkit
  » Welfare rights advice line project extended
  » The Future of Work: Jobs and Skills in 2030
  » Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017
  » FORT and CRMS training and refresher sessions
  » Employability Glossary
  » Opportunities Fife Website


Fife Employability Forum, Wednesday 30 April 2014, Rothes Halls

Time: 9.30 - 12.30pm followed by networking lunch

Venue: Meeting Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

There is a lot going on right now in terms of funding and new initiatives. At this Forum you will hear from:

We will also have presentations from:

Finally we will get your thoughts on what you would like future Forums to cover and how you want us to support you. Come along and be part of the conversation!

Book your place by contacting Christine Davison and do let us know of any dietary requirements.

Please save the next two Forum dates in your diary:

Wednesday 20 August at 9.30am -12.30pm + lunch

Wednesday 12 November at 9.30am -12.30pm + lunch

Latest on European Social Investment Funding (ESIF) 2014-20

Fife Council has been contributing to discussions in recent weeks with the Scottish Government about the role of Lead Partners in delivering the new ESIF programmes. Agreement in principle has now been reached that Local Authorities will retain the ability to run local programmes as Lead Partners in their own areas. To set this in motion, and in line with the principle of simplification, there will be a national agreement in relation to the delivery of the programmes with the ability to be adapted locally and then signed by up to 32 authorities as Lead Partners. Guidance is still awaited on the implementation of costing methodologies in the new programmes, but in the meantime Fife Council will be organising a workshop for existing project officers to provide an update on the options available and to gather initial thoughts on the best option to be taken forward in Fife as the programmes develop.

The Scottish Government Structural Funds Division are also updating their website and aim to provide weekly email updates on the development and implementation of the new programmes. The first update includes information on: timescales; formal documentation; governance arrangements; the role of lead partners and delivery agents; simplified cost options; and the development of the new IT system. Easy to read and useful content. We like it.

Please visit The Scottish Government website for further information on national developments.

Opportunities Fife Partnership Update and Exclusive Interview

Click here to read updates from Opportunities Fife Partnership and click here to read our exclusive interview with Adam Dunkerley the new Manager for Opportunities Fife Partnership.

SDS Employability Fund Allocations 2014-15

Skills Development Scotland have now awarded the Employability Fund contracts for 2014/15. To find out details of the providers who were successful here in Fife click here.

Funding to Help Young Scots in Rural Areas Gain Employment and Employability Skills

ProjectScotland has been awarded Scottish Government funding to address the issue of youth unemployment in rural areas of Scotland. More information is available on the ProjectScotland website

Third round of the Coastal Communities Fund has reopened for applications

The Coastal Communities Fund aims to support the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to deliver sustainable economic growth and create jobs. For more information please visit our website.

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Applications are now open for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme. For more information please visit our website.

Support for Sports Social Enterprises

The Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund will distribute up to 1 million during 2014-2016 to support the sustainability and capacity of aspiring and existing social enterprises delivering sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland. More information is available on our website.

Funding for Fife from People's Health Trust, deadline Wednesday 23 April 2014

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in Fife – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Fife - those who feature in the worst areas of deprivation within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). More information about this fund is available on our website.

New Workshops for Women in Levenmouth Area

The West Wemyss Community Trust is running a new series of free workshops starting in May to help women in the Levenmouth area explore ideas and grow their skills and confidence. More information is available on our website.

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course, Tuesday 29 April 2014

This course is aimed at people handling food and will make them aware of how to keep food and kitchens safe. The course is running here at Fife Voluntary Action in Glenrothes on Tuesday 29 April 2014. For more information and to book your place please visit our website.

Confidence Building with Horse Power Scotland

We have an exciting alternative for those who look to improve the confidence of their service users. Horse Power Scotland are holding an Introduction to Equine Assisted Development and an outdoor workshop called “True Confidence - Horses Show us How” please click either link to learn more about these opportunities.

Mentally Healthy Event, Dunfermline, Wednesday 30 April 2014

We are annoyed this will clash with our Forum. It looks really interesting! Attendees can attend a selection of workshops and marketplace stands throughout the day to learn more about aspects of mental wellbeing. More information and a booking form are available on our website.

Introduction to Autism, Friday 16 May 2014

This half day workshop is an introduction to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) highlighting the main features of the disorder and ways in which it affects children and families in their daily lives. To read more or book your place, please visit the Play Field Institute website.

Volunteering Opportunities

Keep up to date with our latest volunteer opportunities on the Fife Voluntary Action website. If you wish to advertise a volunteer opportunity please e-mail info@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

Making Access Work 4 You Website

The Making Access Work 4 You is a new website which aims to provide organisations with a dedicated resource which offers information and signposting on key areas relating to work place accessibility for employees with disabilities or long term health conditions. In particular it focuses on graduate internship opportunities in the Third Sector. To visit the website click here.

DWP 2014 budget announcements

For a quick overview of key 2014 budget announcements relating to employability visit the Employability in Scotland website here.

Working Tax Credits for Those Who Work Less Than 16 hours and Have Children

This is the latest DWP guidance on working tax credits for those who work less than 16 hours and have children. To view the table please click here.

Universal Credit: Help Make Work Pay

The government have released a toolkit outlining how Universal Credit helps people to be better off in work. To read this click here.

Third Sector Employability Forum Wider Group, Monday 28 April 2014, Glasgow

The last TSEF meeting was cancelled due to powercuts. This will now take place on Monday 28 April from 10.00am – 2.30pm. The meeting is at Broomielaw, Glasgow. For minutes of the last TSEF click here and to confirm your attendance by Monday 21 April to Donna Taylor

Reduce unemployment by helping jobless volunteer – new report

We are excited to announce that NVCO have a new report on how volunteering can help to reduce unemployment through improving employability. The report contains key recommendations for the DWP, Jobcentre Plus, and Voluntary Organisations from “The Volunteering for Stronger Communities Project.” To read more please click here.

Working with Minority Ethnic Clients to Promote and Progress Racial Equalities Toolkit

This Racial Equalities Toolkit aims to give employability practitioners practical information to help improve racial equality within their services.

Welfare rights advice line project extended

The Advising BME Communities Project, part of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), offers advice to BME communities to help maximise their income through the benefit and tax credit system. For more information about the project please visit their website.

The Future of Work: Jobs and Skills in 2030

This UKCES research looks ahead to the labour market of 2030. To read more click here.

Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017

The Scottish Government published its strategy for tackling child poverty in 2014-17. To read the full strategy please click here.

FORT and CRMS training and refresher sessions

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 bespoke training. Contact Shirley for more details or to book your training session.

Employability Glossary

We like this jargon buster from the Scottish Government.

Opportunities Fife Website

Check out the new look website and most importantly its regularly updated job vacancies list here. Current opportunities include a Marketing Assistant and a MA Trainee Wide Print Format Operator.




Fife Voluntary Action
Tel: 08456 006 046
E-mail: info@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

Fife Voluntary Action is the Third Sector Interface for the Fife Council area.
supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering

Website: www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk

Registered Office: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY75QF.

Fife Voluntary Action is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No. SC203613 and Registered Scottish Charity No. SCO28457.