In this issue
Job Opportunities
for You and Your Clients
Receptionist, Business Medical, closing date 07 August
Trainee Quantity Surveyor, Robertson, closing date 13 August
Employability Advisor - Deaf Action, closing date 21 August
Various Positions, Marine Harvest, no closing date indicated
Administrative Assistant, Ego Resources, no closing date indicated
Care Worker Opportunities, Carewatch, no closing date indicated
TopAugust 2015


We have a packed August e-bulletin to distract you form the terrible weather - showcasing some exciting announcements: 


We have also more detail on the Fife Employability Forum dates and topics for 2015 - make sure to book your place via our Eventbrite booking pages and get those dates in your diary!


The deadline for the next e-bulletin is Friday 28 August 2015 please send any contributions to


All the best,


Christine Davison

Project Support Officer

Fife Employability ForumFEF15

Book your place at our Fife Employability Forums for 2015!


Wednesday 26 August - Vocational Skills and the Fife Labour Market - Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes 

Come along to:

  • Hear the latest research into current and future labour market demands in Fife
  • Get the business perspective from Eric Byiers, Chief Executive of Fife Chambers of Commerce
  • Work together to identify the gaps in vocational training that we can help address
  • Discuss the Scottish Government paper on devolving employability provision 'Creating a fairer Scotland: Employability Support'.


Wednesday 25 November - Preparing for Universal Credit - Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

With Universal Credit coming to Fife in April 2015 this will be your chance to hear how it is working and the lessons learned from local authorities that have been part of the pilot.


Click on the Forum(s) you wish to attend then complete your booking via our Eventbrite booking page. 

Dates for Your Diary

Diversity Week 07 to 13 September, Fife

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Youth Enterprise, 08 September, Glasgow

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Employability & Skills Scotland Conference 2015, 14 and 15 September, Edinburgh

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Scottish Learning Festival 2015, 23 and 24 September 2015, Glasgow

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Youth Employment Convention 2015, 24 November 2015, London

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Funding Opportunities

Postcode Community Trust Grants


But be quick - the closing date is 5.30pm on Thursday 06 August 2015.

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Kirkcaldy Community Resilience Fund


Closing date 5.00pm on Monday 17 August 2015.

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Bank of Scotland Foundation - Funding to improve local communities and promote financial inclusion (Scotland)


The closing date for the small and medium grant making programmes is Monday 12 October 2015.

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Two CSV Scotland briefing events are also being held for anyone who wishes to know more and who may be interested in applying. 

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Starbucks Youth Action Invites Applications for 2015 Funding


Applications can be made at any time from July 2015 until February 2016.

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Training and Learning Opportunities

Introduction To Equine Assisted Learning/Therapy


When: 10.00am - 3.00pm, Saturday 22 August 2015
Where: Blue Horse Stables, Radernie, Cupar, KY15 5LN.
This event is being organised by Horse Power Scotland.
Places for delegates is 80.00 per person. 

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Project Management


When: 1.00 - 4.30pm, Monday 24 August 2015
Where: Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
This event is being organised by Fife Cultural Consortium in partnership with Fife Voluntary Action

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Networks Approach Training - The Rock Trust


When: 9.30am - 4.00pm, Tuesday 01 September 2015
Where: Rosyth Business Centre, Cromarty Campus, Rosyth, KY11 2WX
Places for delegates is 65.00 per person.

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What's happening in Fife

Fife Business Diversity Awards are Open! FBDA


The Fife Business Diversity Awards is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your work, your colleagues, partners and the individuals you support.

Fife Provost will be opening the Awards Ceremony and the Chair of Opportunities Fife, Councillor Antony Martin providing the vote of thanks. The deadline for nominations is this Friday 07 August.

To make a nomination click the title link or click here for the brochure.

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Universal Credit launch date in Fife UCupdate


Fife will roll out Universal Credit (UC) from 11 April 2016. Click here to read about UC and your family and click here to read about how UC helps make work pay.

Personal Independence Payments Information PIPinfo


PIP roll out coming to Fife in October 2015. Click on the relevant item for further information:

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Success for Engineering Academy Candidates



Fife Council, Economy Planning & Employability Services have added another successful Engineering Academy for young people and adults who wish to embark on an engineering career. After completing an intensive two weeks at Fife College the participants were offered a ten week placement with various employers. Click the title link to read the full press release.

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NEET rates decrease across Scottish local authorities


Fife has seen one of the largest decreases in NEET Figures out of all 32 local authority areas. Click the title link to read the latest estimates of young people aged 16-19 who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) at a local authority level in Scotland.

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Other News
Creating a fairer Scotland: employability support - a discussion paper Discussion


From 1 April 2017, Scotland will have the power to design and deliver its own employability services for disabled people and those at risk of long-term unemployment. The Scottish Government have released a discussion paper seeking the views of those with an interest in employability services in Scotland. The deadline for responses is 09 October 2015.

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Official statistics released in July 2015 show the Scottish economy is continuing to grow and unemployment is down both quarterly and over the year. 

SURF annual awards


The SURF Awards offers an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile. Winning projects highlighted in the 2015 SURF Awards will also receive additional showcase opportunities through SURF activities in 2016. The deadline for applications is Monday 14 September 2015.

What do low-paid workers think would improve their working lives?lowpaidworkers


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have released the results of a study exploring the experiences and perceptions of low-paid, low-income workers in the retail, hospitality and care sectors. How do these workers feel about work, and what do they think would most improve their working lives?

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Sector Insights - Skills and Performance Challenges in the Retail Sector


The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) report 'Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the retail sector' highlights that recruiting technically skilled people and upskilling the existing workforce will be crucial for the sector to take full advantage of the changing retail landscape.

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Scottish Government welfare analysis team reports


The Scottish Government's Welfare Analysis team is responsible for analysing the potential impacts from UK Government changes to welfare. The team have several reports looking into sanctions, social security, impact of reports and more.

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Retaining and Developing Employees with DisabilitiesBDF


The Business Disability Forum (BDF) has released its first ever report about the skills, confidence and practices that help retain and develop employees with disabilities and long term health conditions across private, public and third sector employers in the UK.

302,500 for 'In Work Support'


302,500 of funding for an In Work Support package for some of Scotland's most vulnerable young people has been announced by the Minister for Youth and Women's Employment.
The new funding will work alongside Scotland's Employment Recruitment Incentive and be directed at those who face the most significant barriers when accessing employment opportunities. This includes young people who are disabled, care leavers, carers and those with criminal convictions aged 16 to 29.

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Scotland a leader in women's employment


According to figures from Eurostat Scotland is one of the leading countries in Europe for reducing female unemployment - second only to Germany.

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Fife Voluntary Action
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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

Registered Office: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF.

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