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MA Trainee HairdressersNew Images, closing date 08.01.16
Trainee Site OperativeRaeburn Construction Svs Ltd, closing date 08.01.16
Admin/Accounts AssistantScotland for Golf, closing date 08.01.16
Komandor Scotland (Central) Ltd, closing date 08.01.16
Administration Assistant, CR Smith, closing date 08.01.16
MA Apprentice HairdresserRobert Stein, closing date 10.01.16

Happy New Year and a warm welcome to 2016!

We hope everyone had a great festive break and, like us, are sufficiently well stuffed with mince pies and chocolates to see you through to February. 

Once the fug of hot chocolate and whisky has faded you might want to have a quick look at what is happening in employability in Fife. 

First there are a host of employability courses starting in the next two weeks which may be relevant to your clients so have a look at our section on Employability Courses below. 

The next Employability Forum will be on 24 February 2016. Save the date!

Finally, if you haven't read it already then we strongly recommend you check out the Fairer Fife Commission report Fairness Matters.

For the February e-bulletin please send any courses, content or items to by Friday 29 January 2016 
All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Fife Employability Forum 2016 - save the date!
The first Fife Employability Forum of 2016 will be at at FVA's new premises - 
New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT 
Wednesday 24 February 2016 - 9.30am - 12.30pm

We look forward to welcoming you there. Watch this space for details.
Dates for Your Diary
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.
SCVO's The Gathering 2016, 17 and 18 February 2016, Glasgow. The Gathering offers a place for people working in the third sector to network, showcase what they do and learn from each other. Attendees can expect over 100 exhibitors, and a packed programme featuring more than 60 workshops, seminars and training sessions.
Funding Opportunities
BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme, deadline for applications is Friday 15 January 2016. 
Big Lottery - Grants for improving lives

Grants are available from 10,000 to 1 million. Improving lives is focused on working towards helping people to face challenging circumstances. Please note, that although they could potentially support activity which includes an element of employability work as part of wider application around one of their specific types of activity, their grants for improving lives will not cover general employability activity.
There is no deadline for this fund however there is the following time scale for applications:
Medium grants - 4-5 months
Large grants - 2 stage grant - 6-7 months
Payments cannot be made retrospectively. 
Tips on how to create a crowdfunding projectGet ideas on how to launch a project from the people who have already made their ideas a reality.
Training and Learning Opportunities

This interactive course will provide you with an introduction to improving your awareness and responsibilities in establishing and maintaining boundaries. 

When: 9.30am - 12.30pm, Thursday 28 January 2016
Where: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
Places for voluntary sector delegates: 45.00 per person
Places for non-voluntary sector delegates: 60.00 per person.

This interactive one day course will help you gain an understanding of both mental wellbeing and mental illness within our society. 

When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday 15 February 2016
Where: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
Places for voluntary sector delegates 60.00 per person
Places for non-voluntary sector delegates 75.00 per person

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. 

When: 10.00am - 3.00pm, Tuesday 01 March 2016
Where: TBC
Cost: 145 for all delegates
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
Contact Sandra Beverage by Friday (08 January) to book a place as this course starts next week. 
This 12 week course will help those aged 16+ who are looking for a job, apprenticeship or college course. 
Telephone: 01383 881 364
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. 

An opportunity in Forestry, Horticulture and Estate Maintenance has opened which could lead to employment training and possible apprenticeship. The project starts on Thursday 21 January 2016.
The closing date for applications is Friday 15 January 2016.
Referrals are open for CR Smith's Hand Picked Academy which will start on Monday 18 January 2016. 
More information on the course can be found via the title link above and an application form for the course can be found here
For more information or to submit an application form please contact Pauline Braisby. 
Telephone: 01383 747641 

This Fife-ETC course is for those who are unemployed, aged 18 + and interested in sport.
The programme is six weeks, part-time and offers help in developing job seeking skills with a range of sport and other activities. 
The open event:
Date: Tuesday 19 January 2016
Time: 9.30 - 11.30am
Venue: Warout Stadium, Warout Road, Glenrothes, KY7 4JY

The course starts on Tuesday 26 January 2016 and more information can be found in the link above. 

Fife Community Food Project with support from Greener Kirkcaldy and partners will be running a six week 'Living Well on a Budget' course at Levenmouth Community Kitchen, Fife College, Victoria Road (next to Health Centre) from Tuesday 01 February to 08 March with morning and afternoon workshop options. Click the title link for more information. 

Referrals are invited for the 'Branching Out' and 'Good Wood projects'. These projects are aimed at adults who have been experiencing a period of mental ill-health. These projects provide different placement opportunities for people at different stages in their recovery pathway. More information on these projects can be found by clicking the title link. The referral form here and a sample programme here
A two week training opportunity (starting in January 16) which could lead to employment with Kettle Produce Ltd.
If you have clients who are flexible, co-operative, able to work within a team, have the ability and willingness to learn and have good communication skills, please send their CV to or call 07904662289.
Employability Fund eligibility criteria will be applied.

Diageo are offering a course on Hospitality and Bartending. For more information click the title link or to apply e-mail -

Get into Retail is a programme from Marks and Spencer's and the Prince's Trust offering young people, aged 16-25, four weeks of hands-on training in the retail industry led by a sector leading retailer.
Young people will gain the skills, qualifications and experience to kick-start a great career in the retail industry and benefit from our strong links with local employers.
Referral deadline is Tuesday 02 February and selection event will be held on Tuesday 09 February. 

Community Learning and Development (CLD) have moved out of Auchmuty Learning Centre as it is being refurbished.  This has had an effect on the digital skills classes and the job clubs, so please see the new venues and time of both digital skills and the job clubs by clicking the title link above. 
What's happening in Fife

If you haven't done so already, we would like to recommend reading the 'Fairer Fife Commission' Report. The report has a strong focus on employment with key recommendations for a Fairer Fife that is Poverty Free, Skilled and has more Fair Work. 
The report highlights some interesting data and has 40 challenging recommendations across sectors. 

Clued-Up are delighted to announce they have recieved funding through the Lloyds TSB Partnership Drug Initiative fund which will allow the expansion of their follow on employability focussed service to the Methil and Benarty areas of Fife.
The funding will enable Clued Up to employ more staff, use premises in other locations and seek to deliver activities like those on offer in Kirkcaldy for those aged 16-25.
To read more click the title link. 
Other News
Child Maintenance Group Online Resources

The Child Maintenance Group has a couple of online resources that provide information on: - the first place to look for anyone needing help and support after separation, showing where to find reliable information, easy-to-use tools and specialist services on a range of topics. - Child Maintenance Options, provides free impartial information and support to help all parents make informed choices about child maintenance. 
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.