FVA Employability Bulletin, Tuesday 16 September 2014
Welcome to the September edition of our e-bulletin. By the time you read this Pegs will hopefully be tango-ing in Buenos Aires and Christine will be in sunny Slough. However in the meantime, as usual, we have plenty of news!
For those of you that missed it, the Know Your Network frontline practitioner event on 10 September was a huge success with over 200 participants across the day. We don’t have time now but will send out highlights in the October issue.
We would also like to celebrate West Fife Enterprise's big success with the Big Lottery Fund. Congratulations to all the team who worked so hard on it!
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 October. Please send Christine Davison any content you wish to include by Friday 26 September 2014.
The August Forum was once again a great success. Thanks to all who contributed to it. A number of recommendations were made about the development of employer engagement in Fife. A brief note can be found here.
Save the next Forum date in your diary:
The Scottish Government has a range of funding programmes to support community-led regeneration and community empowerment. This link will take you to a list of Scottish Government funds available to community organisations, with links to further information.
Awards for All Scotland is an easy way for smaller organisations (turnover of less than £250k) to get small amounts of funding. It is focussed on organisations who have not received a grant from the programme in the last three years. Awards for All Scotland gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. To find out more or to apply click here.
Recruit With Conviction have developed professional training packages to support you to overcome some of the fears around recruiting someone with a criminal conviction and to understand the ethos of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Furthermore we have developed tools which help you to deal with disclosure of criminal records and how to risk assess the relevance of any criminal convictions. To read more about this course which next runs in Edinburgh on Tuesday 23 September please click here.
The Apply With Conviction course is especially tailored for all advisers who provide careers support or job search support. 1 in 3 unemployed people have a criminal record and this excludes most petty driving offences. Therefore this is an issue which mainstream advisers should be aware of – not just advisers working in prisons. To read more about this course which next runs in Airdrie on Tuesday 30 September please click here.
The next National Third Sector Employability Forum will be held at Atlantic Quay. For more details contact Donna.Taylor@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
This free, full day course is aimed at individuals within third sector organisations who have budgetary responsibility. This practical course will teach delegates the specific skills to accurately determine the cost of the products/services their organisation offers and how to set appropriate pricing. To find out more visit our website.
The Go Project is a post-school employability project provided by 16+ Learning Choices, Fife Voluntary Action and Community Learning & Development for young people in Fife who are experiencing anxiety and other barriers that may be hindering their ability to work towards and sustain education, employment and / or training. Read more about The Go Project here.
West Fife Enterprise is delighted to announce they have received funding of £900,000 from The Big Lottery. This means that they can more than double the number of people a year they assist. Their new Employability Academy will provide opportunities for people aged 16-64 to gain skills, qualifications, work experience and everything they need to enter or return to employment or progress to higher level of skills or further education if that is their preferred objective. To read more click here.
Young people looking to find their way into a job have been learning vital skills from Fife construction businesses. Employers and job seekers came together at two events at BRAG Enterprises in Crosshill, organised by Opportunities Fife. Those who took part learned interview techniques, skills needed to build a good CV and information about employers who are currently looking to fill vacancies. Read more here.
Updated in July 2014, this guidance provides a summary of information for employers to help them recruit and support disabled people in work. It has links to other resources to enable employers to become more confident when attracting, recruiting and retaining disabled people. Read the guidance here.