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FVA Employability Bulletin, Monday 07 July 2014


Dear Colleague,

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.

All the best from the team at FVA


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In this issue:
  » Fife Employability Forum: Employer Engagement
Funding
  » ESIF 2014-20 and the OFP Commissioning Framework
  » Public Sector Contracts to Develop Digital Capability
  » The MacRobert Trust
  » Inspiring Women in Enterprise
  » Firstport: Funding for Social Enterprises
Training and Work Opportunities
  » Horticulture Employability Course, Lever Training Ltd, commences 15 September
  » Barista Employability Course, Lever Training Ltd, commences 18 September
  » Volunteer Involvement: Getting Started, 11 September 2014
  » Increasing Employability in Scotland, 08 October 2014
  » Employability & Skills Scotland, 18 – 19 November 2014
  » Fife’s Health Promotion Training Programme for 2014/15 launched
  » Child Poverty Action Group launches 2014/15 Training Programme
Other News
  » Fife Youth Job Contract Exceeds Targets
  » Scottish Government’s Welfare Reform Committee: Report on Local Impact of Welfare Reform 2014
  » Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill
  » Fife Advocacy Forum Release Booklet on Advocacy in Fife
  » Support@Work in Edinburgh – Evaluation Report Published
  » Helping Business Wake Up to Older Workers' Untapped Potential
  » Carers’ Kitemark Launched for Employers who Support Carers in Work
  » NIACE Develop Took Kit That Supports Accessible and Inclusive Apprenticeships
  » FORT and CRMS training and refresher sessions
  » Opportunities Fife Website


Fife Employability Forum: Employer Engagement

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:

Wednesday 12 November at 9.30am -12.30pm + lunch

ESIF 2014-20 and the OFP Commissioning Framework

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 finish June14.

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.

Public Sector Contracts to Develop Digital Capability

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

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 here.

Inspiring Women in Enterprise

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 here.

Firstport: Funding for Social Enterprises

Firstport have grants of up to 5,000 and up to 25,000 available to social enterprises. Click here to read more.

Horticulture Employability Course, Lever Training Ltd, commences 15 September

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 jcarstairs@levertraining.com for more information.

Barista Employability Course, Lever Training Ltd, commences 18 September

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 jcarstairs@levertraining.com for more information.

Volunteer Involvement: Getting Started, 11 September 2014

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.

Increasing Employability in Scotland, 08 October 2014

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.

Employability & Skills Scotland, 18 – 19 November 2014

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.

Fife’s Health Promotion Training Programme for 2014/15 launched

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.

Child Poverty Action Group launches 2014/15 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 Exceeds Targets

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 here.

Scottish Government’s Welfare Reform Committee: Report on Local Impact of Welfare Reform 2014

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.

Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill

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.

Fife Advocacy Forum Release Booklet on Advocacy in Fife

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 here.

Support@Work in Edinburgh – Evaluation Report Published

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.

Helping Business Wake Up to Older Workers' Untapped Potential

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.

Carers’ Kitemark Launched for Employers who Support Carers in Work

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 here.

NIACE Develop Took Kit That Supports Accessible and Inclusive Apprenticeships

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.

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 Centre Coordinator and Yard Supervisor.




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.