Employability e-bulletin
January 2015

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you have had a fantastic festive season and are starting your week refreshed and ready to go


We are pleased to share a great FREE training opportunity which has been commissioned by the Opportunities Fife Partnership and is available to front-line employability staff working in Fife.


During January and February Fife College will be delivering a programme of half day training sessions on how to support clients with a history of offending to manage the disclosure process. The aim is to have a broad range of support organisations represented at each session.


We also want to remind you of the exciting new Fife Rural Skills Academy which will be kicking off this month and will offer work experience in a fantastic range of rural sector jobs as well as formal accredited training. Don't miss out - the deadline for applications is this Wednesday 07 January.


Finally FEAT have two new posts within their team.


For more information on these opportunities, please see below.

All the Best from the team at FVA,

Christine Davison

Disclosure Training

Disclosure Training sessions for front-line staff operating across 'Fife's Employability Pathway' are being offered at Fife College campuses on the following dates:DISTRAIN


Start Times
Halbeath, Dunfermline
Tuesday 27 January

Halbeath, Dunfermline 

Wednesday 28 January
09.30am to 1.30pm
Pentland House, Glenrothes
Monday 09 February
09.30am to 1.30pm
Nairn Campus (Next Steps), Kirkcaldy
Tuesday 10 February
09.30am to 1.30pm
Levenmouth Campus, Leven
Wednesday 11 February


Each training session will last for three hours. Participants will gain:


  • The confidence to ask/hear about an individual's criminal history
  • Sufficient knowledge /understanding of the potential impact on an individual's career path and how to address this with them.
  • The skills and knowledge to be able to formulate an action plan that will support the individual towards and into employment


Training activities will cover the following:


  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (including exceptions to the Act)
  • Rehabilitation periods (spent and unspent)
  • The system of disclosure
  • What needs to be disclosed
  • When to disclose
  • How to disclose (including 'sample' covering letters and CV)
  • Construction of an effective action plan to support and progress ex-offenders


Places are available for 120 participants over the eight sessions. If you are interested in taking advantage of this training, please e-mail your contact details, job role and three preferred dates to BOTH susandevine@fife.ac.uk and lynneinnes@fife.ac.uk no later than Friday 16 January 2015.


As this training is being offered to a range of agencies, providing three dates enables session attendance to be planned to have a mix of staff from different agencies, rather than having all from one organisation booking in to attend one session.


Your attendance date will be confirmed during week beginning Monday 19 January 2015.


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Fife Rural Skills Academy, January 2015

This Academy will showcase a variety of jobs in the rural sector including forestry, horticulture, land management, and conservation. For five weeks participants will be part of a team gaining practical work experience. They will gain basic recognised training including first aid and health and safety. The deadline for applications is 07 January 2015. To find out more click here.

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Fife Employment Access Trust Vacancies

Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) have two vacancies within their team for a Learning Coach in their Employ Your Mind team and for an Employment Specialist to deliver the Individualised Placement and Support (IPS) approach working with clients with mental health problems across all FEAT projects. To read more on these vacancies please click on either link.

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