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FVA Employability Bulletin, Tuesday 04 November 2014


Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the November edition of our local employability e-bulletin. In this issue check out details of this month’s Employability Forum which is all about working in partnership – and please don’t forget to tell us if you are coming! Or you may not get sandwiches.

We are also pleased to share the Opportunities Fife Partnership Workforce Modelling Report which gives a fantastic insight to projected employment trends and skills gaps in Fife AND a new Opportunities Fife Partnership commissioning Document for Criminal Record Disclosure Training.

Fellow third sector organisations red alert! Fife allocations still available for Community Jobs Scotland – find out how to get funding for new staff posts below. It's easy!

We would like to welcome the New welfare reform assistants.

And munch much more below

If you have courses you want to promote or news to share then our next e-bulletin will be going out in December. Please send Christine Davison any content you wish to include by Friday 28 November.


All the best from the team at FVA.


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In this issue:
  » Fife Employability Forum
Funding
  » Opportunities Fife Partnership commissioning Document for Criminal Record Disclosure Training
  » Application deadlines for Erasmus+ 2015 announced
  » 1,000 community grants available - Voluntary Action Fund
  » Awards for All - reopened for applications
  » Fife allocations still available for Community Jobs Scotland
Training and Learning Opportunities
  » Just Enterprise free workshops
  » Sign Language Interpreter Awareness Training, 13 and 20 November
  » Universal Credit training course, 11 December, Edinburgh
Other News
  » New welfare reform assistants
  » Opportunities Fife Partnership Workforce Modelling Report
  » Health and Work Service now called Fit for Work Scotland
  » Turn2Us Benefits Calculator
  » Job Centres go digital
  » Citizens Advice Bureau report 'Rebalancing Universal Credit - Making it Work for Disabled People'
  » Opportunities Fife Website


Fife Employability Forum

The next Fife Employability Forum will take place on Wednesday 12 November, 9.30am-12.30pm Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

The Forum will focus on partnership working. During the morning you will:

Come along and join us. You never know when a partnership will be born!

Please book your place by contacting Christine Davison Christine@fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk . Tel - 08456 006 046.

Save the date for the first Employability Forum in 2015:
Wednesday 11 February 2015, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Hall B, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.


Opportunities Fife Partnership commissioning Document for Criminal Record Disclosure Training

Opportunities Fife Partnership are looking to commission a suitably qualified organisation to deliver training sessions for front-line staff across a range of organisations/agencies on the processes and legal awareness relating to criminal disclosure. Deadline for submissions Friday 21 November 2014. To find out more click here.

Application deadlines for Erasmus+ 2015 announced

The next set of deadlines have been confirmed for applying to the Erasmus+ programme. To find out more click here.

1,000 community grants available - Voluntary Action Fund

The Voluntary Action Fund have announced a further one off round of their small community grant programme. Community groups and voluntary organisations can apply for up to 1,000 if their annual income is under 25,000. To find out more click here.

Awards for All - reopened for applications

The Big Lottery Fund -Awards for All has re-opened for applications. One of the key changes of the award is that your application is more likely to be successful if your organisations annual income is less than 250,000. For more information click here.

Fife allocations still available for Community Jobs Scotland

SCVO still has funding available for third sector organisations recruiting young unemployed people in Fife (and beyond). It is really easy to apply and a fantastic opportunity. To find out more click here.

Just Enterprise free workshops

Just Enterprise are offering free workshops: An Introduction to Selling, Wednesday 26 November, Falkirk and De-Mystifying the Web, Thursday 13th November, Dundee. Click on either link for more information.

Sign Language Interpreter Awareness Training, 13 and 20 November

Fife Council's Deaf Communication Service is running awareness sessions on Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 November to give employees a better understanding of the needs of deaf people and the barriers they face. These taster sessions are open to all sectors and cost 10 per person.

Universal Credit training course, 11 December, Edinburgh

One Parent Families Scotland are offering this course to give a thorough overview of the universal credit framework. You will gain an understanding of how it is calculated and how housing costs are taken into account. A basic knowledge of the benefit and tax credit system will be presumed. To find out more on this course click here.

New welfare reform assistants

Fife Council have been successful in gaining funding for 9.5 welfare reform assistant posts and a volunteer coordinator from the Scottish Government Building Resilience Fund and Area Welfare Reform Action Plans. All the staff are in their posts across Fife and have just completed an extensive induction programme.

The welfare assistants will work to improve the advice and support available at local community venues and refer people onto specialised services. The volunteer coordinator will establish a volunteer programme targeting those who are unemployed people, which could help them improve their prospects of gaining a job through the programme. The funding is initially for 12 months.

For details of the welfare support assistants in your area and their contact details click here.

Opportunities Fife Partnership Workforce Modelling Report

There is growing acceptance across Scotland that meeting sector and employer demands for skills is a key driver in economic competitiveness. The Opportunities Fife Partnership commissioned research into a Workforce Model for which the final report is now available to all. To read the full report please click here.

Health and work service now called Fit for Work Scotland

The Department of Work and Pensions has announced that the name of the Health and Work Service has been formally changed to Fit for Work Scotland. To read more about this service click here.

Turn2Us Benefits Calculator

Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through partner organisations. Their website hosts an independent benefits calculator (linked to on the DWP website) which can help you support individuals to work out what benefits they should be on. To visit Turn2Us click here.

Job Centres go digital

Job Centres across Fife are having digital technology installed to help create a paperless signing-in process. This move also aims to assist those with their online job search by having equipment available for job search purposes and staff onsite to assist job seekers using the new equipment. To find out more about these measures click here or come to the Forum on 12 November.

Citizens Advice Bureau report 'Rebalancing Universal Credit - Making it Work for Disabled People'

This Citizens Advice Bureau report focuses on support for disabled people under universal credit. Whilst the CAB support the principles of universal credit, its analysis shows two important types of problems that will particularly affect disabled people; one relating to work incentives, the other concerning out of work support. Click here to read the full report.

Opportunities Fife Website

Check out the new look website and most importantly its regularly updated job vacancies list here. Current opportunities include Customer Advisor – Bank of Scotland and General Foreman - Bridge Construction Team




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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.