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FVA Employability Bulletin, Monday 05 May 2014


Dear Colleague,

Ne’er cast a clout til May is oot – or so my Mum used to say - and the weather over the weekend certainly held true to that, but today the sun is trying to break through the cloud so hopefully that is the sign of some good weather to come and we can leave those April showers behind.

For those of you that couldn’t join us at the recent Employability Forum on Wednesday 30 April we have a note of the presentations and discussions here and for those of you that could join us we have an added presentation from Phil Martin which gives further details of the new DWP provision for pre and post-work programme clients.

Skills Development Scotland is holding an Employability Fund Provider Event, Wednesday 07 May 2014, 2.00pm at The Glen Pavilion Dunfermline click the link to book your place.

In this newsletter we also highlight two new funding opportunities and a European Funding Update as the Operational Programme for the UK has at last been submitted.

We are very tempted by the Apprentice Chocolatier opportunity on Opps Fife - could you pass for 19?

In our last bulletin we posted information about free workshops for women in the Levenmouth area. These workshops are not part of Fife Rural Skills Partnership but are organised by West Wemyss Community Trust. We apologise for any confusion.

Our next bulletin will be going out in June, so please send Christine Davison any content you wish added by Friday 30 May.

All the best from the team at FVA


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In this issue:
  » Fife Employability Forum, Wednesday 30 April 2014, Rothes Halls
Funding
  » European Funding Update
  » Scotland CAN DO
  » Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund
Training and Work Opportunities
  » Employability Fund Provider Event, Wednesday 07 May 2014, 2.00pm at The Glen Pavilion Dunfermline
  » Child Poverty Action Group e-learning courses on Welfare Reform
  » Apprenticeships: Upskilling the Nation & Building our Economy, Thursday 22 May 2014
  » Working With Young Offenders, Thursday 22 May, Aberdeen
  » REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course, Thursday 29 May
  » Self Directed Support, are you ready?
Other News
  » 45 New Oil and Gas Jobs Announced for Fife
  » Scottish Government Strengthen Commitment to the Living Wage
  » Health and Work Service update
  » Scottish Independent Living Fund
  » 30,000 Modern Apprenticeships by 2020
  » FORT and CRMS training and refresher sessions
  » Opportunities Fife Website


Fife Employability Forum, Wednesday 30 April 2014, Rothes Halls

Click here to get an update and copies of all the presentations from our latest Fife Employability Forum which took place on Wednesday 30 April 2014 at Rothes Halls.

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

European Funding Update

Breaking news! The UK Operational Programme which will govern all European Funding for 2014-20 has at last been submitted to the EU for approval. A copy of the document can be found here and the Scottish Chapter begins at page 240.

More locally, we can confirm that the Scottish Government (SG) is now working with representatives from local authorities as the community planning leads to develop a single national framework for the ESF employability pipeline programme. The next step will be to produce a list of activities within local pipelines and the SG will then indicate which activities will be eligible for ESF support. In the next few weeks we also expect the SG to begin discussion with individual local authorities to discuss in detail the plans for local pipelines, including a detailed discussion on procurement/partnership processes. The Scottish Government remain keen on procurement as the best option to move forward and this is something that we will be considering in Fife for the future.

Scotland CAN DO

Entrepreneurs across Scotland will benefit from the first allocations of the 3 million commitment made by the Scottish Government. To read more click here.

Deutsche Bank Small Grants Fund

Deutsche Bank launched its youth engagement programme “Born to Be” last year. The programme aims to support 160,000 young people by 2017 with the opportunities they need to succeed in life. This funding is only available to organisations with a turnover of under 250,000. Full details of the fund and how to apply are available here.

Employability Fund Provider Event, Wednesday 07 May 2014, 2.00pm at The Glen Pavilion Dunfermline

Skills Development Scotland are running an event on Wednesday 07 May to launch the range of employability funded provision in Fife.

Places are limited but if you are interested in attending then let Christine Davison know by midday on Tuesday 06 May.

Child Poverty Action Group e-learning courses on Welfare Reform

Child Poverty Action Group have developed essential e-learning courses which are available online. To access these courses please click here.

Apprenticeships: Upskilling the Nation & Building our Economy, Thursday 22 May 2014

In response to the Scottish Minister’s announcement on Modern Apprenticeships an event on Thursday 22 May will look at addressing gaps in current Modern Apprenticeships at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. More information is available here.

Working With Young Offenders, Thursday 22 May, Aberdeen

This event will help those working with young offenders to learn about the barriers they face in benefiting from rehabilitation interventions and help practitioners to improve their practice.

REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course, Thursday 29 May

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 May 2014. For more information and to book your place please visit our website.

Self Directed Support, are you ready?

ENeRGI provide free, bespoke training to help your organisation with the changes brought in by Self Directed Support. To find out more click here.

45 New Oil and Gas Jobs Announced for Fife

Global oil and gas services firm National Oilwell Varco is to expand its industrial presence in Scotland with the creation of 45 new jobs at its Glenrothes facility, read more on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish Government Strengthen Commitment to the Living Wage

The Scottish Government is to propose important amendments to the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill that will further strengthen its commitment to the living wage. The full article is available here.

Health and Work Service update

Click here to read the latest update on the Health and Work Service.

Scottish Independent Living Fund

Disabled people in Scotland are to be supported through a new Scottish Independent Living Fund (SILF). To read more about this fund click here.

30,000 Modern Apprenticeships by 2020

The First Minister Alex Salmond has announced his wish to increase the number of Modern Apprenticeships to 30,000 by 2020, with an increased focus on ‘high level’ opportunities. Click here to read more.

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.

Opportunities Fife Website

Check out the new look website and most importantly its regularly updated job vacancies list here. Current opportunities include a Sales Assistant at Adventure Golf Island and an Apprentice Chocolatier




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