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
Economic Adviser Market and Trade Development, Fife Council, closing date 06 December 2015
Universal Credit Service Centre Telephony Agent, DWP, closing date 07 December 2015
MA Administration AssistantBarrie Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions, closing date 11 December 2015
Seasonal Vacancies, Marks & Spencers, closing date ASAP
Various opportunities at the Gyle Shopping Centre, Edinburgh
Various opportunities at St James Shopping Center, Edinburgh

Seasons Greetings from the Employability Team at FVA!

We hope you're all keeping warm as the temperature drops, so grab a cuppa and read through the latest news, training courses and events happening in employability in Fife. 

Firstly a date for your diary - FVA are pleased to be hosting this SDS employability provider round table on 11 February - more information below

We're delighted to announce that The Fairer Fife Commission Report has been launched! Recommended reading with plenty on employability and ideas for how we can move towards a Fairer Fife. More on this below

We also have information on the Employability Fund
for 2016/17 which has been launched. Deadline is 14 December 2015 so get moving if you want to apply!

With a slightly longer timeframe The Big Lottery has launched its new programme with
a useful guide for any organisations looking to bid for the Big Lottery Fund's 'Building Better Opportunities' programme.

Although Christmas is soon we have plenty of Employability Skills Courses - the work never stops! We have a reminder of the Job Club days and times for Kirkcaldy as well as Fife-ETC drop-ins. These are a critical resource for clients meeting their claimant commitment and we use them or lose them!

Please note the deadline for the next e-bulletin is a bit closer so we can get news out early in the new year. 
Please send any content/contributions by Wednesday 16 December 2015 to
All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Note of the Fife Employability Forum
Wednesday 25 November 2015

We were delighted to host a packed Forum focusing on Universal Credit on Wednesday 25 November at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. 

The latest DWP presentation on Universal Credit can be found herefor those of you that missed it.

A note of the Forum,  all presentation slides and handouts can be found here
Fife Employability Forum 2016 - save the date!
The first Employability Forum of 2016 will be at our new venue - 
New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT 
Wednesday 24 February 2016 - 9.30am - 12.30pm

Watch this space for details.. 
Dates for Your Diary
Gilven House Christmas Craft Fayre

When: Friday 4th December, 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Where: Gilven House, 22 Iona Park, Glenrothes.  
Social Enterprise Gifts for sale, cakes, soup & pudding 2.00.  Contact Aileen Gallagher/Lisa Hemphill 01592 744849.
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Employability provider 'round table'Roundtable

With the (wonderful) recent rise in employability services in Fife some provision has experienced a fall in client referrals and registrations. This is clearly not for lack of job seekers in Fife. It is also not something that we can ignore as it will impact on future funding coming into the area. To address this the Opportunities Fife Partnership, with support from Fife Voluntary Action and Skills Development Scotland, are hosting an employability provider 'round table' in January 2016. The focus of the meeting will be to:
  • Improve sector knowledge of new employability provision in Fife;
  • Identify any potential issues of overlaps/timetabling and promotion of provision; and perhaps most importantly...
  • Improve the chances that clients get referred to the right support at the right time.
Date: Monday 11 January 2016
Time: 2.00 - 5.00pm
Venue: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT
Please notify Christine Davison if you will be attending.
The Gathering 2016, 17 and 18 February 2016, Glasgow
Funding Opportunities
Employability FundEMPfund

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have launched the Employability Fund for 2016/17. The deadline for applications is 14 December 2015 and SDS welcome bids from new providers. 
SDS are looking for provision at Stages 2-4 for 16-24yr olds, and Stages 3 and 4 for those over 25. To find out more about what they are looking for in Fife the document here provides a good summary. Employability Fund is paid to providers on the basis of achieving key outputs and outcomes. To see the full guidelines you need to register with Public Contracts Scotland which can be accessed via the title link. 
250M of life changing Lottery fundsBIG250

The Big Lottery Fund, Scotland has opened a new five-year 250 million funding scheme. With a focus on helping people and communities most in need, groups across the country can share these life changing funds. Between now and 2020 groups across Scotland can apply for grants from 10,000 to 1 million to help finance projects which are community led or will improve lives. To find out more or to apply, click the title link. 

In partnership with CESI they have also produced a useful guide to those wishing to deliver employability programmes under the Building Better Opportunities Programme. Click here to download.
Training and Learning Opportunities
With one in four adults in Fife volunteering their time, make sure to brush up on your volunteer policies with FVA's volunteer management courses:

When: 10.00am - 3.00pm, Tuesday 01 March 2016
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 Council Job Clubs in Kirkcaldy Area

MondayBurntisland Primary School 
TuesdayBurntisland Library10am-2pm

Templehall Learning Centre
WednesdayLinkliving, Westbridge Mill
ThursdayNew volunteer house, East Fergus 
FridayKirkcaldy East Local Office, Park 

Fife-ETC Drop-ins

Fife-ETC provide a drop-in information and support service as detailed below:

DayTimeVenueAdditional Info
 Job Centre
JSA Clients
Tuesdays 2-4pmCowdenbeath Job Centre
ESA Clients
Thursdays 10am-12pmKirkcaldy Job Centre03, 10, 17 December

Leven Job Centre

Fridays11am-1pmDunfermline Job Centre

Contact Jane Price - 01592 860296 for more information.  
Fife-ETC 1-1 drop-in service, Leven

Fife-ETC provide a 1-1 drop in service:
Dates: Thursday 03 and Thursday 17 December 2015
Time: 9.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Ajax Way, Methil Docks Business Centre, Methil.  
Come along and meet with their friendly staff over a cuppa and see how they can help you!  
Contact - Jane Price 01592 860296

Woodworks is an exciting new programme giving creative and enteripsing young people (16-25yrs) a chance to learn about woodland culture, engage in craft skills and turn creative ideas into practical action with potential career opportunities. 
Join the free craft workshop at Falkland Estate on Friday 12 December 10.00am - 4.00pm. find out more here or by clicking the link above. 

This 12 week course will start in the first few weeks of January 2016 and will help those aged 16+ who are looking for a job, apprenticeship or college course. See the course poster in the link above for more information. 

Fife-ETC are delivering a two week employment workshop in Leven. An open day for this course is on Thursday 14 January at 9.30-11.30am at Woodland Family Unit, Methilhaven Road, Buckhaven, KY8 3LE.
For more information and dates for this course click the link above. 
What's happening in Fife
The Fairer Fife Commission was established by Fife Council in September 2014 to take a strategic overview of the scale, scope and nature of poverty in Fife and the effectiveness of activity currently undertaken to address such poverty. The report with 40 recommendations has been released and is recommended reading for all employability providers. 

Don't forget to check out Fife-ETC's Facebook page to read about their latest employability courses and updates. 
Other News
A guide to delivering employment projectsGuideBBO

The Center for economic and social inclusion (CESI) in partnership with the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund have released a practical guide intended to support organisations that are applying for funding to deliver projects under the Big Lottery Fund's 'Building Better Opportunities' programme.
UK Government autumn budget review

Read the latest summary on the spending review - key updates include:
  • The Work Programme and Work Choice will be replaced be a new Work and Health Programme
  • More support for disabled people and those with health conditions
  • More intensive services for new JSA claimants
  • The previously planned tax credit cuts will now not go ahead
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.