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FVA Employability Bulletin, Wednesday 06 August 2014


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the August edition of the FVA employability e-bulletin and once again there is plenty to share. Two important events loom large.

First is, of course, our very own Fife Employability Forum on Wednesday 20 August which will be an excellent opportunity to hear the local employer perspective on ‘employability’ support in Fife and discuss what, if anything, we might do differently around employer engagement. If you haven’t booked your place yet then get in touch soon!

The Forum will be followed by an employability focussed workshop for third sector organisations who wish to contribute to Fife Council’s Third Sector Funding Review.

Opportunities Fife are also organising a Know Your Network event on Wednesday 10 September particularly designed to improve awareness of the range of employability provision and support in Fife for frontline staff.

We would like to say Cheers to Clued-Up! for a recent funding award and also let you know SmartLiving have a new employability course launched for young people starting in August.

Adult Education have a host of new courses starting in Dunfermline and Lochgelly and best of all Fife Council and CARF have launched a Guide to Avoiding Benefits Sanctions.

We are delighted to announce that the flagship Fife Voluntary Action Awards Ceremony for volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations is back and open for nominations! Nominations close on Friday 22 August at 5pm so nominate early by visiting our website.

Finally we wanted to bring to your attention three consultations that are ongoing:

  1. Fife Employment Access Trust are in the process of gathering views from all stakeholders to help shape their planning for the next 3-5 years. Please complete this short survey to have your thoughts and opinions included in their planning process.
  2. The DWP are looking to gather evidence from those involved with the Work Capability Assessment, responses are invited from organisations and individuals by Friday 15 August.
  3. The Scottish Government are working to refresh the Youth Employment Strategy over the next three months and would like to hear stakeholders views on how they can improve job opportunities for young people while helping businesses to grow. The survey will close on Wednesday 13 August 2014.

As always if you have courses you want to promote or news to share then our next e-bulletin will be going out in early September. Please send Christine Davison any content you wish to include by Friday 29 August.

All the best from the team at FVA


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In this issue:
  » Fife Employability Forum
Funding
  » Flexible Training Opportunities Funding from Skills Development Scotland
  » 16 million Youth Engagement Fund
  » Coalfields Enterprise Programme
  » Adopt an Intern
Training and Work Opportunities
  » Know Your Network: Practitioner Networking Event, 10 September, Dunfermline
  » SmartLiving Employability Programme, Commences 21 August for 12 weeks
  » Learning for Work - Vocational courses in Dunfermline
  » Adult Education at Lochgelly High
  » Welfare Reform: An Overview, 17 September
  » Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers, 18 September
  » Child Poverty Action Group Training Courses on welfare reform in Scotland
  » The Future of Rural Scotland, Inverness, 09 October 2014
  » SUSE Conference: Selfie (Supported Employment), 20 November, Edinburgh
Other News
  » Cheers to Clued-Up!
  » Welfare Reform: Guide to Sanctions
  » NEET figures fall across the country
  » Stepping Stones
  » DWP Commissioning Strategy 2014
  » Young Disabled People's Employment Portal Launched
  » Our SkillsForce: Make Young People Your Business Campaign
  » Opportunities Fife Website


Fife Employability Forum

The next Fife Employability Forum will take place on Wednesday 20 August at 9.30am – 12.30pm + Lunch at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Room 10.

This meeting will focus on employer engagement. Participants will:

Speakers include:

If you haven’t done so already please book your place on the Forum by contacting Christine Davison on Christine@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk or call 08456 006 046.

Save the next Forum date in your diary:

Wednesday 12 November at 9.30am -12.30pm + lunch

Flexible Training Opportunities Funding from Skills Development Scotland

Scottish businesses with 100 employees or less can apply for up to 5,000 towards employee training costs. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there's no need to pay it back. SDS will refund up to 50% of each episode of employee training up to a maximum of 500 for each employee. To read more on this fund or to apply please click here.

16 million Youth Engagement Fund

The Youth Engagement Fund is a 16 million payment by results fund, with the funding provided through social impact bonds. It aims to help disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 17 to participate and succeed in education or training, helping to prevent young people from becoming NEET. This will improve their employability, reduce their long term dependency on benefits, and reduce their likelihood of offending. To read more about the fund please click here.

Coalfields Enterprise Programme

Up to 10,000 and business support is available from The Coalfields Enterprise Programme, part of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust. The fund is designed to give existing enterprises the support they need to scale up their operation. It is aimed at enterprises intending to develop a new product or service in response to identified demand. To read more click here.

Adopt an Intern

Adopt an Intern offers structured placement opportunities that provide graduates with paid internships in cross-sector organisations across the UK and beyond, enabling them to gain much-needed experience. They work with organisations to provide a tailored approach. To read more or to adopt an intern please click here.

Know Your Network: Practitioner Networking Event, 10 September, Dunfermline

The Opportunities Fife Partnership have organised this half day networking event to raise front-line staff’s awareness of the range of employability and support services here in Fife. The event is free and open to all. To read more information or to book your place click here.

SmartLiving Employability Programme, Commences 21 August for 12 weeks

The SmartLiving 12 week employability programme will begin on Thursday 21st August. Participants will complete a total of 9 weeks with SmartLiving with 3 weeks on work placement. To read more about this employability programme click here.

Learning for Work - Vocational courses in Dunfermline

Community Use Schools in Dunfermline are offering an exciting programme of vocational learning opportunities this autumn. Some of the courses offered include: British Sign Language Level 1, Emergency First Aid, and Manicure & Pedicure. All of the courses offered are eligible for ILA Scotland funding. To read more and to view the full list of courses please click here.

Adult Education at Lochgelly High

British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1 starts on Tuesday 02 September for approximately 40 weeks. RLSS UK Pool Lifeguard Qualification 8th Edition: Starts week beginning Monday 13 October and finishes on Friday 17 October. Both of these courses are eligible for ILA Scotland funding up to the value of 200.00. For more information about these courses or to book your place please click here.

Welfare Reform: An Overview, 17 September

This one day course is designed for staff who require an understanding of the changes to the welfare system and how they will affect people in Fife. The course is free and open to all. The course is on Wednesday 17 September and runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm at Cameron Hospital, Cameron Bridge, Windygates, KY8 5RR. To book your place or to find out more information click here.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers, 18 September

This one day course aims to develop and share good practice in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, thereby contributing to a more open workplace culture. This course is for employers, managers, HR leads and supervisors only. The course is on Thursday 18 September and runs from 09.30am to 4.30pm at The Bay Hotel, Pettycur Bay, Burntisland Road, Kinghorn KY3 9YE. To book your place or to find out more information click here.

Child Poverty Action Group Training Courses on welfare reform in Scotland

The Child Poverty Action Group continue to offer a range of courses on welfare reform. Please click here for the full list of training opportunities in Scotland.

The Future of Rural Scotland, Inverness, 09 October 2014

This event will give attendees the chance to meet others working in or alongside rural communities to examine and explore how best to build a wealthier, healthier and fairer rural Scotland. Attendees will hear from experts in the field and will gain a better understanding of how they can improve outcomes for rural communities. To read more or to register please click here.

SUSE Conference: Selfie (Supported Employment), 20 November, Edinburgh

The Conference aims to inform and provide an opportunity to debate the future of Supported Employment, following on from the September Scottish Independence Referendum. To find out more about the conference or to book your place click here.

Cheers to Clued-Up!

CLUED Up, a local drug and alcohol awareness service has been awarded 6981 from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. Click here to read the Dunfermline Press Release.

Welfare Reform: Guide to Sanctions

Fife Council and Citizens Advice & Rights Fife (CARF) have launched a Survival Guide on benefit Sanctions for people receiving Job Seekers Allowance. To read the guide click here.

NEET figures fall across the country

From the start of 2013 to November, the rates of 16-19 year olds who were not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) decreased in all 32 local authority areas, including Fife. Click here to read more.

Stepping Stones

NCVO have launched “Stepping Stones” a report calling for a major overhaul of how welfare to work schemes are designed and paid for. The report cites areas for concern such as underutilisation of the voluntary sector, and has several recommendations for improvement. To read a short summary or for the full report click here.

DWP Commissioning Strategy 2014

The newly launched DWP commissioning strategy sets out, through a series of high-level principles, how they will work with providers and partners to deliver welfare to work services which maximise outcomes for claimants and value for the taxpayer. Click here to read the strategy.

Young Disabled People's Employment Portal Launched

DWP has published new guidance with help and support for young disabled people to find and stay in work. The guidance has links and tools imbedded in the document to help young disabled people with various aspects of their job search. Click here to view this document.

Our SkillsForce: Make Young People Your Business Campaign

Skills Development Scotland have launched the “Make Young People Your Business” campaign which aims to promote businesses in Scotland to attract, recruit, train and pay young people. From arranging quality short term work placements to creating full time jobs, there’s a variety of help available. Please visit the Our SkillsForce website for more information.

Opportunities Fife Website

Check out the new look website and most importantly its regularly updated job vacancies list here. Current opportunities include MA, Mechanical Manufacturing and Marketing Assistant.




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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.