FVA Employability Bulletin, Monday 07 July 2014
If you are reading this then we guess you are still stuck in the office like us and not yet off gadding on summer holidays (nb if you are reading this on your holidays then it is definitely
time to worry).
For those of us still in sunny Fife then there is, at last, not unexpected news on delays to ESIF funding for 2014: ESIF 2014-20 and the OFP Commissioning Framework, a
stopgap from the Scottish Government and the consequent impact on the OFP Commissioning Framework. We are also pleased to announce details of next month's
Fife Employability Forum: Employer Engagement and as usual a small selection of funding, training, and job opportunities.
We have also produced for your delight and delectation a short Fife-focussed summary of the Scottish Government’s Welfare Reform Committee: Report on Local Impact of Welfare Reform 2014
If you have courses you want to promote or news to share then our next bulletin will be going out in early August. Please send
Christine Davison any content you wish us to include by Friday 01 August.
The next Fife Employability Forum, will take place on Wednesday 20 August at 9.30am – 12.30pm + Lunch at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Room 10.
As identified at the last Forum this meeting will focus on employer engagement. Participants will:
Please book your place on the Forum by contacting Christine Davison
Save the next Forum date in your diary:
Due to the delay in draw down of ESIF 2014-20 funding to ‘late 2014’ the Scottish Government has agreed to extend the current ESF Priority 5 programme to 31 December 2014. This was scheduled to
Fife Council have contacted current recipients of Priority 5 ESF funding so they can put together a proposal for further discussion with the Scottish Government. This proposal has to be based
on existing activities and match funding must be provided.
With this in mind the Opportunities Fife Partnership have decided to delay commissioning for new Fairer Scotland Funded projects. Instead they are considering applications for extension funding
for current projects where FSF provides essential match for ESF.
If you are affected by this but haven’t heard from the Council please contact Pegs Bailey at Fife Voluntary Action via e-mail: Pegs@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk
or telephone: 08456 006 046 as soon as possible.
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and third sector businesses will find it easier to bid for Scottish public sector contracts thanks to the roll-out of a digital procurement initiative. Click
here to read more.
The MacRobert Trust provides monetary grants from between £5,000 and £25,000. One of their themes for funding is Education and Training. For more information on the fund click
The Inspiring Women in Enterprise Grant Funding Round 5 is open to application from 06 October – 17 October. To read more about the grant click
Firstport have grants of up to £5,000 and up to £25,000 available to social enterprises. Click here to read more.
This course is aimed at 16 – 17 year olds. It will take place over a 6 week period and will include the SVQ Level 1 Horticulture, Emergency First Aid at Work and integrated work placement
throughout the 6 week duration. This course is due to commence on Monday 15 September. Contact Jacky Carstairs on 01592 786719 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This course is aimed at 16 – 24 year olds. It will take place over 7 days and will include the Foundation Level Barista qualification, Emergency First Aid at Work, Elementary Food Hygiene,
Customer Care and Team Skills. On completion of the training course there will be a 3 week work placement to allow you to put these skills into practice. This course is due to commence on
Thursday 18 September. Contact Jacky Carstairs on 01592 786719 or email email@example.com for more information.
Volunteering is a great way for someone to gain employability skills and gain relevant experience. If your organisation is interested in involving volunteers this course will give you what you
need to start this process. To book your place visit the Fife Voluntary Action website.
This event will focus on the key issues in improving employability in Scotland and the current partnerships and structures in place to achieve economic growth through increased employability.
To read more or to book your place click here.
Yes! There is another one...Scotland’s Employability and Skills Convention will bring together policy makers and practitioners from across Scotland and beyond to discuss and debate the latest
developments in welfare reform, with particular emphasis on skills and employment. To read more or to book your place click here.
NHS Fife Health Promotion Service launch the 2014/15 Health Promotion Training Programme. The programme offers a great range of free training programmes for all sectors. It’s not all health
related either with Facilitation Skills and Demystifying Outcomes examples of some of the courses available. Click
here to read the full training programme.
The Child Poverty Action Group Training Programme also offers a great range of training around welfare reform. Check their website
for more information on course location and any costs involved. Details of courses run in Scotland are available on page 37. Click
here to read the full training programme.
Fife Youth Job Contract is reaching more young people than ever with a huge 300 increase on last year. To read more about the programme and their success click
The Scottish Government have launched their 5th report into the impact of welfare reform in Scotland. This highly readable report provides financial analysis at local authority ward level. The
full report and a summary are available on our website.
The first step towards setting out in law the permanent arrangements for the £33million Scottish Welfare Fund (SWF) has been made with the introduction of the Wefare Funds (Scotland) Bill to
the Scottish Parliament. To read more about the bill visit the Employability in Scotland website.
The booklet provides information on advocacy and the different advocacy providers in Fife. To read the booklet or Fife’s Advocacy Strategy for 2014-2017 click
The overarching aim of the evaluation is to provide an assessment of the impact of S@W which provides support and advice to people in work affected by their health or a disability. To date, a
general view has prevailed among key stakeholders that the S@W approach is ‘successful’ and that the model has potential for extension or application to other areas across Scotland. To read more
and for the full report click here.
The government's new action plan “Fuller Working Lives - a framework for action” urges British business to realise the potential of older workers and help people to stay in the workplace. To
read the full report visit the Employability in Scotland website.
A new scheme to recognise employers who give extra help and support to carers in their workforce has been launched to mark Carers' Week. To read more click
The tool kit is designed for employers that want to develop a more inclusive and accessible Apprenticeship offer. It provides practical information, sources of support and inspirational case
studies of employers who have benefited from hiring and supporting disabled apprentices. To access the tool kit click here.