FVA Employability Bulletin, Monday 14 April 2014
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.
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All the best and we look forward to hearing from you soon,
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
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.
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
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
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.
Applications are now open for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme. For more information please visit our website.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For a quick overview of key 2014 budget announcements relating to employability visit the Employability in Scotland website
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
The government have released a toolkit outlining how Universal Credit helps people to be better off in work. To read this click
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
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
This Racial Equalities Toolkit aims to give employability practitioners practical information to help improve racial equality within their services.
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
This UKCES research looks ahead to the labour market of 2030. To read more click here.
The Scottish Government published its strategy for tackling child poverty in 2014-17. To read the full strategy please click
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.
We like this jargon buster from the Scottish Government.