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Jobs and opportunities
APEX Scotland Centre Co-ordinator Central East - closing date 12 noon, 6 May 2015
APEX Scotland 2 x Personal Development Mentors - closing date 5pm 11th May 2015
Mechanical Fitter, closing date 15.05.2015
Tours Assistant, closing date 22.05.2015
Customer Advisors - Bank of Scotland, closing date 26/05/2015
TopMay 2015


We're delighted to announce that Opportunities Fife Partnership is in the final stages of commissioning a whole range of new employability provision in Fife. To find out more about the successful projects, not to mention a whole host of other employability support here in Fife join us at

Know Your Network on Wednesday 10 June 2015.


Still not sure who to vote for? Check out rightsnet's comprehensive summary of each party's plans for benefits and tax credits to help make up your mind.


We would also like to flag up the Labryinth project  at APEX Scotland and BRAG's 'introduction to hospitability' course starting soon.


A huge thank you to everyone who completed our survey on what you think our priorities should be for 2015/16. It has been incredibly helpful and we look forward to sharing the findings with you next month.


On which note there is a new survey from the national Third Sector Employability Forum to inform the development of their information hub.


For something a little bit different this year FVA are running a photography competition to highlight the fantastic impact that volunteering has on our communities. The winner will win a brand new Apple ipad!


The deadline for the next e-bulletin is Friday 29 May please send any contributions to


All the best,


Christine Davison

Project Support Officer

Fife Employability Forum

Save the dates of our Fife Employability Forums for 2015!


Wednesday 26 August - Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Wednesday 25 November - Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes


Please note that due to the Know Your Network taking place on Wednesday 10 June, this will replace the employability forum for the second quarter of 2015.

Dates for your diary

A Culture of Kindness - Enabling Caring Connections, 19 May, Lochgelly


NHS Fife and Fife Cultural Trust warmly invite you to attend this free conference which will give you the opportunity to share, learn about and experience good practice to create a culture of compassionate care in Fife. The event is for Frontline workers and managers across all sectors in Fife. Further information and a booking form can be found on our website.

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Working 2 Change Employability Summit, 20 May, Edinburgh


The Scottish Government, in partnership with Scottish Business in the Community and the Scottish Prison Service, are hosting an employability summit that will promote the employability of people with criminal convictions. The event aims to identify a number of achievable actions that the Scottish Government and Scottish Prison Service can take forward to encourage people with convictions to engage in the labour market.

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Get Evaluating, 27 May, Dundee


This workshop is a one day interactive session that is aimed at those who have limited experience in formally evaluating the services they deliver and support.

Designing Employment Support for people with Caring Responsibilities, 9 June, Glenrothes


Opportunities Fife invites you to a unique workshop which will inform the development of Employment Support Strategy for People with Caring Responsibilities. It is vital that we engage with a wide range of people, especially those people with caring responsibilities themselves.

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Know Your Network, 10 June - The Bay Hotel, KinghornKNY2015


We're delighted to announce Know Your Network 2015.


The event on Wednesday 10 June will launch the new Opportunities Fife Partnership employability programmes, provide information on SDS Employability Fund provision and host stalls from the many long-standing support agencies active here in Fife.

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Funding opportunities

Community Capacity and Resilience Fund


Develop your community based organisation's ability to tackle welfare reform and poverty with a grant of 1,000-5,000. Projects must take place during the 2015/16 financial year within Scotland. Deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 29 May 2015.

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Buttle UK Grant Programmes


Buttle UK operate several grant programmes that support young people. Grants include funding for estranged young people to payment for school fees and a small grants programme for 'essential' goods:

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Firstport: Funding for Social Entrepreneurs in Scotland


Firstport have funding for social entrepreneurs in Scotland. BRAG Enterprise can support access to the level one fund and with the application process. To find out more click the title link or contact BRAG here.

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Training and learning opportunities

Introduction to Equine Assisted Development


When: 9.30am - 3.00pm, Friday 08 May 2015

Where: Blue Horse Stables, Radernie, Cupar, KY15 5LN

There is a cost to attend this course.

Introduction to Hospitality, BRAG Enterprises BRAGintrotohosp


This course is aimed at people interested in a career within the Hospitality Sector from the age of 16+. For those interested an information session will take place on Wednesday 20 May 2015 from 10.30am-12.00noon at BRAG Enterprises Ltd, Crosshill Business Centre.

APEX Labyrinth APEXLab


In March 2015, Apex launched the Labyrinth service in Fife, in partnership with DWP. Apex has been working closely with the seven Jobcentres in Fife to provide a mentoring service, specifically for the (ex-) offender cohort.

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Discount travel cards from Stagecoach for jobseekers


Customers are entitled to half price bus and rail fares. Issue of the travel discount card is at the advisers discretion to support customers looking for work . Discount cards are valid for three months.

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The Hand Picked Academy


One week training course at CR Smith Head Office, Gardeners Street, Dunfermline.  Starting on Monday 01 June 2015. The course is open to 16-24yr olds who are actively seeking work.  To find out more please contact - Pauline Braisby

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Other news

National Third Sector Employability Forum Information Hub - call for information TSEFinfohub


The 'Third Sector Employability Forum' have received funding to develop an 'Information Hub'. The purpose of the hub is to provide the Forum with hard evidence on the state of the sector, to help inform national policy developments around employability and the third sector in Scotland. Any data provided will be anonymised. Please complete the template in the header link by Friday 29 May 2015. If you would prefer to complete this template over the phone please call Paul Ferretti on 01698 737038. Send all completed templates to

6 million of financial support for economic growth in Fife following job losses at Tullis Russell


Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced an initial 6 million of financial support for economic growth in Fife following the announcement of job losses at paper-maker Tullis Russell. The money will, in part, be used to help fund retraining for the workforce.
The Deputy First Minister pledged this money will go to support the work of the Fife Taskforce in supporting economic recovery and growth locally.

Helping Employees Back to Work: Fit for Work Scotland


Fit for Work Scotland aims to provide employees who are absent from work with specialist help to return to - and stay in work. It is designed to help employees, their employers and GPs better manage sickness absence. The service will extend to Fife, Ayrshire & Arran, and Forth Valley from Thursday 30 April.

Scottish Parliament debate on 'Scotlands Future Employability Services'


Read the full transcript from the Scottish Parliament debate, conducted by the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training on "Scotlands Future Emploaybility Services".

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Recently updated DWP Personal Independence Payment guide


Personal Independence Payment quick guide

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Useful research and reports

Welfare benefit and tax credit measures in the General Election 2015 Party Manifestos Rightsnet


Rightsnet has published a comprehensive summary of benefit and tax credit measures proposed by eight of the parties battling it out in the upcoming General Election.

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The Jobs Blind and Partially Sighted People Do


In response to the frequently asked question; "What jobs do blind and partially sighted people do?" RNIB have released a report answering this exact question.

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The Scarring Effect of Unemployment from the Early '90s to the Great Recession


The Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex report analyses the extent to which unemployment experiences adversely affect workers' re-employability.

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New Forms of Employment


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) report provides an overview of new forms of employment in Europe, looking at key drivers and barriers, and the implications for working conditions and the labour market.

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