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
Third sector vacancies in Fife, various opportunities
Installation M+E Technician, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, closing date 06 November 
Junior Receptionist / Administrator, Lomond Practice, closing date 06 November
Day and Night Support Worker, Quarriers, closing date 09 November
Project Coordinator, The Centre for Stewardship, closing date, 10.00am 23rd November
Relief Day and Night Support Worker, Quarriers, closing date 23 November
Moveable Wall Installer, Style Scotland Ltd, no closing date given
Site Manager, Robertson, no closing date given
3 paid internships at #FifeYouthArts Fringe, no closing date given 
Electrical Design Engineer, Penman, no closing date set
Delivery Drivers and Cleaners, Stevens (Baker) Ltd, no closing date given

We've got a great line-up of news to brighten the winter days, but first we need the attention of third sector organisations! 

FVA are refreshing our Working for Fife 2013 Report - this report had excellent feedback locally and gained national attention so we're keen to ensure the 2015 report is even better and more comprehensive. We are using Survey Monkey to collect the information we need and would be grateful if you could complete this before Friday 27 November -  Third Sector Employability Survey.
Please pass this on to any organisations that may not receive this e-bulletin. 
This is for third sector organisations only. 

Our next Forum of 2015 on Wednesday 25 November will focus on Universal Credit so make sure you book your place to hear the latest from DWP and an 'on the ground' view of how it has impacted on services and clients

Hot off the press on Tuesday 10th November DWP are running a workshop to look at the new 'work capability assessment descriptors' for clients wishing to access Employment and Support Allowance.

The deadline for the next e-bulletin is Monday 30 November 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:

With Universal Credit coming to Fife in April 2016 this will be your chance to hear what to expect and the lessons learned from other areaswhere Universal Credit is already in place.
Click on the link above to book your place. 
Wednesday 25 November - 1.30-2.30 - Understanding Personal Independence Payments (PIP) - Room 10, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
DWP are delivering a short session for anyone working with people aged 16-64 who have a disability or health problem and who are currently receiving disability living allowance.
Participants will get an overview of:
  • What is happening with regards to the ending of Disability Living Allowance and the claiming of the new benefit Personal Independence Payment system;
  • The processes and points systems for claiming, medical assessment, and award of PIP;
  • How this will affect other benefits and related support schemes; and
  • What happens if someone chooses not to apply for PIP.
If you're planning on attending this session please let Christine know. 
Dates for Your Diary
Trustees' Week, Monday 02 November to Sunday 08 November, events across Fife to celebrate Trustees' 
Work Capability Assessment WorkshopWorkAssessment

When: 10.00am - 12.30pm, Monday 10 November 
Where: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

Staff from Springburn Dispute Resolution Team will be giving awareness sessions on Tuesday 10th November around the Descriptors used when determining the Work Capability Assessment.
This should give you all a better understanding of: 
  • How the descriptors are applied;
  • How evidence is determined; and
  • What information is needed to help inform their decision making.
Please let Christine know if you can attend. 
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Funding Opportunities
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.
Training and Learning Opportunities

When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Wednesday 18 November 2015
Where: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT

When: 9.30am - 1.00pm, Thursday 26 November 2015
Where: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

When: 10.00am - 3.00pm, Tuesday 01 March
Where: TBC
This workshop will look at the requirements of Access to Work, how it links with and complements best practice for job coaching, transport and adaptations in the workplace. You will gain practical advice and information on how to apply for and use the funding.
Employability Skills CoursesEmpSkillsCourses

Fife-ETC are hosting an open day for ESA clients for their course 'Working with health in mind'.
Date: Wednesday 04 November
Time: 2.00 - 3.00pm
Venue: Crosshill Business Centre, Main Street, Crosshill. 
For more information please see the attached information flyer or contact Jane Price - 01592 860296. 

BRAG Enterprises are holding an open day on Wednesday 04 November for their Sportworks course. 
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: Cowdenbeath FC, Central Park, Natal Place, Cowdenbeath. 
For more information please see the flyer above or contact Lesley Mcilroy or Connie McCann on 01592 860296
Hospitality pre-recruitment training course

Fife Works will be delivering a pre-recruitment training course for hospitality at Crosshill Business Center, Main Street, Crosshill. There is an open day for this course on 09 November. For more information contact Roger, Joanne, Robin or Jamie on 01592 862 304. 
Fife-ETC drop-in

Fife-ETC provide two drop-ins for clients at Cowdenbeath Job Centre:
JSA clients - Mondays, 2-4pm, 09, 16, and 30 November.
ESA clients - Tuesdays, 2-4pm, 03, 10, 17, and 24 November.

Just let your clients know they can drop-in anytime. 
Literacies for work

Literacies for work provide informal, friendly drop-in sessions for clients looking to brush up on their literacy and numeracy skills for work:

Drop-in 1
Venue: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy
Time: 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Dates: Tuesdays - 03, 10, 17, and 24 November

Drop-in 2
Venue: BRAG Enterprises, Crosshill Business Centre, Main Street, Crosshill
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Dates: Thursdays - 05, 12, 19, and 26 November

Drop-in 3
Venue: FEAT, 6-7 Hanover Court, Glenrothes
Time: 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Dates: Thursdays - 05, 12, 19, and 26 November
Drop-in sessions in Levenmouth

Fife-ETC are holding drop-in sessions for anyone interested in accessing support from them in the Levenmouth area. 
Offering a range of support e.g. benefits advice, dealing with letters, and how Fife-ETC can offer support towards employment or further education. 
The drop-in sessions will run from 12 November for six weeks from 9.00am - 12.00pm at:
Fife Renewables Innovation Centre
Ajax Way
Methil Docks Business Park
Contact 0333 320 2258 for more information or just come along to meet the team. 

West Fife Enteprirse are hosting an open day on Wednesday 11 November at  Forthview learning Centre, Newmills. 
Employability workshop

BRAG Enterprises and The Gilven Project are delivering an Employability Workshop. This two week course commences the week beginning 23 November.
They are holding an open day:
Date: Wednesday 18 November
Time: TBC
Venue: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
For more information contact:
Lesley McIlory or Connie McCann - 01592 860 296 or Lisa Hemphill - 01592 744849. 

BRAG are holding a two day Introduction to I.T. course.
Dates: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November
Time: 9.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: Linton Lane Centre, Linton Lane, Kirkcaldy
For more information contact Lesley McIlroy or Connie McCann - 01592 860 296

When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Tuesday 24 November 2015
Where: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
There is a cost to attend:
Places for voluntary sector delegates (staff, committee members or volunteers) 65.00 per person.
Places for non-voluntary sector delegates are 85.00 per person.
WoodWorks taster session

When: 10.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday 28 November
The Falkland Centre for Stewardship will are running a free WoodWorks taster session for creative and enterprising young people who are interested in working with woods and woodlands. For more information please contact

The Beehive Community Arts Centre is offering short courses in a range of creative activities. See the flyer above for more information. 

Fife College and Fife Council have published "Community Based Adult Learning - A guide to studying in your local community". This guide outlines the different Community Based local learning centers and what they can offer. 
What's happening in Fife

On Tuesday 03 October 2015 Fife Gingerbread's Making it Work project hosted a special event in the Benarty Centre, Ballingry, showcasing its successful delivery of a new approach to employability. The press release from this event can be found by clicking the title link. 

Fife's annual Business Diversity Awards took place on Thursday 08 October 2015 at Fife Renewables Innovation Centre (FRIC), Methil. The honours showcase the achievements of people disadvantaged by age, disability or circumstances in the job market, who have been supported to achieve success in work.

The Draft Strategic Plan for Health and Social Care Integration is now open for Consultation. This is a significant opportunity to seek to influence major changes in public services.
The strategic plan define service delivery over the next three years in Fife.

Closing date: Wednesday 06 January 2016.

If you want to know more or discuss this with someone at FVA, please contact Christine - 0800 389 6046. 
Other News

Nesta have created a living map of jobs innovators, a guide to some of the most exciting things going on in the world of job creation and tackling unemployment. 
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.