In this issue
Job opportunities
for you and your clients
Community Jobs Scotland vacancies - select region Fife:CJS
Opportunities for 16-17 year old's
Opportunities for 18-24 year old's
Grounds Maintenance Assistant (Community Jobs Scotland), The Ecology Centre, closing date 16 October
Management and Leadership OpportunitiesDIAGEO, closing date 23 October
NEBOSH Construction Certificate, Fife College, Commences 26 October
NEBOSH General CertificateFife College, Commences 26 October
Driver/LabourerCMS Window Systems, closing date 30 October
Recycling OperativeCMS Window Systems, closing date 30 October
Various roles, Capability Scotland, closing date 30 November
Assistant Receptionist, West Fife Enterprise, no closing date
TopOctober 2015

We hope you're enjoying the crisp autumn days as much as we are; however time is flying by quickly so make sure to book your place at the next Employability Forum on 25 November to hear the latest updates on Universal Credit. 

We have a brand new section advertising employability skills courses - check these out to see if any are relevant to your clients. 

There are over 20 Community Jobs Scotland vacancies advertised in Fife - more on these can be found here.

The deadline for the next e-bulletin is Friday 30 October 2015 - please send any contributions to
All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Don't forget to book your place at our next Forum:

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


With Universal Credit coming to Fife in April 2016 this will be your chance to hear what to expect and the lessons learned from local authorities that have been part of the pilot.

Click on the link above to book your place. 

Dates for Your Diary
Funding Opportunities
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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Fife Educational Trust - The Maxton Bequest

Fife Educational Trust enables funds to be applied for the benefit of persons ordinarily resident in Crieff or Kirkcaldy who are above school age and engaged in study at any continuation class, secondary school, further education college or university or engaged in training or serving apprenticeship to any trade or profession. The Trust will consider applications from persons meeting the criteria and demonstrating a need for assistance. 
Closing date Friday 27 November 2015.
Think Big with O2

Think Big with O2 supports young people in the UK (aged between 13-25 years) who want to make positive changes to their communities. 
Closing date Wednesday 11 November 2015.
BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme

BBC Children in Need has announced that funding is available from their main grant programme. 
Closing date Friday 15 January 2016.
See Me Community Innovation Fund

The See Me Community Innovation Fund has grants of up to 20,000 available for work to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. 
Closing date Tuesday 22 December 2015.
Time for Me! Fund for Young Carers

The Time for Me! fund has been introduced to help improve the range of opportunities available for young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities.
A major 2 million funding programme aims to train up people across the UK to help others to access the internet.
The Big Lottery Fund digital champions programme aims specifically to help older people, those with disabilities, the unemployed and service users of small charities.
Training and Learning Opportunities

This informative workshop will cover what Fragile X Syndrome is and how the condition affects the individual diagnosed and their families.
When: 1.00 - 3.30pm, Wednesday 14 October 2015
Where: One Stop Shop, Dunfermline

When: 10.00am - 4.00pm, Wednesday 14 October 2015
Where: Tayside Deaf Hub, Dundee

When: Half Day (pm), Wednesday 28 October 2015
Where: Cameron Hospital
This event is free to attend and is part of Fife's Health Improvement Training Programme. 

When: Full Day Course, Wednesday 18 November 2015
Where: Cameron Hospital, Leven
This course is free to attend and is part of Fife's Health Improvement Training Programme. 

When: 9.30am - 1.00pm, Thursday 26 November 2015
Where: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
Employability Skills CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
Step-Up, Smart Living

The Step Up program is an employability course helping 16-24 year old gain key skills for employment. There is also an opportunity for participants to gain experience during a three week work placement in key industries they are interested in. The closing date for applications is Sunday 25 October 2015. For more information or to register a client please contact:
Michael Fong or call 0784198642
Stephen Mccabe or call 07841986449
Food Matters Course, FEAT

FEAT are starting 'Food Matters' on Wednesday 04 November for five weeks. For more information contact Stephanie or Ainsley or call 01592 759371.

BRAG and The Gilven Project have teamed up to deliver a two week employment workshop starting in November. The workshop is for those aged 18+ who are unemployed and looking to brush up on their skills. 
For more information contact Lesley McIlroy or Connie McCann on 01592 860296, or Lisa Hemphill on 01592 744849. 
Employability Academy, West Fife Enterprise

West Fife Enterprise are holding an Introduction Day on Tuesday 13 October 2015 for all courses in their Employability Academy including: -  
  • Paving the Way
  • Bitesize Worktries
  • Vocational Craft - Woodwork or Metalwork
  • Find a Job Keep a Job
Contact Sandra on 01383 881364 for more information or to book a place. 
Skills Development Scotland Training

These training courses run throughout the year - click on the link to find out more:
  • IPAF Training ((The International Powered Access Federation) trains people to follow health and safety laws relating to working at height with powered access platforms.
  • PASMA (Mobile Towers) course This CITB scaffolding course will develop an understanding of how to safely assemble, dismantle, relocate and alter a mobile access tower.
  • CSCS card / CSCS test / SQA qualification A CSCS card proves to an employer that someone has undergone training and have been deemed competent in carrying out their job role safely.

Click the title link to read about the various courses offered by Pro Training. These are delivered at a time and place to suit you. 
Step-On, Smart Living

Smart Living's Step On project works with 16 - 24 year old's who lack confidence and motivation. Their aim is to use local communities and create projects which will help the community while the participants gain a variety of social skills including integrating with other generations. This is a rolling course, to find out when the next one is and for more information contact:
Michael Fong or call 0784198642 
Stephen Mccabe or call 07841986449
What's happening in Fife

Progress Fife is a new employment service being delivered by Capability Scotland in Fife. It helps people with a disability or health condition who reside within SIMD areas find and sustain employment. It also helps them identify other positive progression routes such as employment and training. For more information contact Brian Hill or call 01383 720613 (option 3)

On The Doorstep is a mobile outreach service running in the Levenmouth area from 24 September to 05 November 2015. The service aims to provide a one stop shop for people in communities and can support with job search/CV's/applications etc. Click the title link to read more. 
Other News

Changes to Scottish legislation were implemented on 10 September to provide significant help for many people who are anxious about disclosing old criminal convictions to employers. From now on many old convictions will not appear on PVG, enhanced or standard disclosure certificates. More changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 are expected in due course. To read more click the title link. 
Work Placement Toolkit

The Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Skills Network has developed a Toolkit to help employers interested in creating new Work Placement opportunities within their firms.

This report concludes that many parents are prevented from working due to the high cost of childcare. The report also finds that almost half of these families are actively seeking work or desire further hours from their current employer.

'Investing in a Workforce Fit for the Future' sets out the UK workforce health policy challenge to government. Based on the four white papers produced by the Health at Work Policy Unit in the last year, the report outlines four policy challenges and current gaps in policy, along with making recommendations for government action.

The first in a series  of reports looking at the opportunities and challenges associated with the National Living Wage, with a focus specifically on who stands to gain. 
Fife Voluntary Action
Tel: 08456 006 046
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.

Fife Voluntary Action is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered in Scotland No. SC203613 and Registered Scottish Charity No. SCO28457.