In this issue
Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients
Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Business Administration Apprenticeship
Amey Highways Ltd, closing date 12.02.16
Craft modern apprenticeships, Fife Council, closing date 12.02.16
Programme Coordinator, Centre for Stewardship, closing date 15.02.16 
Finance and Administration Assistant, Centre for Stewardship, closing date 15.02.16 
Mechanical Craftsperson (fitter)Tarmac, 10.03.16
Area Engineering SupervisorTarmac, no closing date specified
Various, Department of Work and Pensions, no closing date specified
Various, Department of Work and Pensions, no closing date specified

Welcome to the Feburary edition of the Fife Employability 
We're delighted to announce that "Working for Fife: A survey of the Third Sector Employability Pathway Services in Fife 2015" will be launched at this month's Fife Employability Forum
Apex Labyrinth are pleased to announce they are taking referrals again for their specialist for support clients with criminal records.
The Scottish Government have published their initial response to the consultation Creating a Fairer Scotland , more news to follow.
We also have a huge variety of employability courses and recruitment opportunities including a recruitment evening for the Old Course at St. Andrews - deadline for registering is today! Make sure you browse below to support your clients into the right courses for them.
All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Fife Employability Forum 2016 - save the date!
Launch of  the latest "Working for Fife" 2015 report which includes: 
  • Information on over 40 third sector projects operating here in Fife;
  • Analysis of how provision maps against Fife's demographics of unemployment;
  • Recommendations to address key barriers and challenges identified within the sector.
Date: Wednesday 24 February 2016
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (with networking lunch)
Venue: New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XT 

To book your place click here.
Dates for Your Diary

Date: Friday 12 February 2016
Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm
Venue: John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh

As part of the first ever Year of the Dad in 2016, Fathers Network Scotland in collaboration with the Center for Research on Families and Relationships are hosting a conference. 

Date: 17 and 18 February 2016
Venue: SECC, Glasgow

The Gathering, organised by SCVO, 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.

Date: 29 February to 04 March 2016

Organised by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the campaign highlights the commitment of businesses that have decided to invest in the skills of their workforce.

Date: Tuesday 08 March 2016
Venue: Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) host their biennial conference. The Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP will give the keynote address and the programme will include case studies which will demonstrate the influence of PACE, as well as presentations from experts on labour market trends and challenges.
Date: Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU
Funding Opportunities
2.5m community fund open for applications - Natwest and RBS

If you're a charity, social enterprise, community group or state-funded school or college based in the UK or Ireland, helping people in your community access the skills and opportunities to support themselves, why not visit NatWest's Skills and Opportunities Fund.
Closing date is 12 noon Friday 19 February 2016.

Communities and Families Fund deadline approaches

The countdown is on! 
There's now less than a month left to apply to the Communities and Families Fund, a joint funding programme delivered by The Big Lottery and The Scottish Government.
Grants of between 250 and 10,000 are available to support local projects working with children eight years and under or their parents. 

Closing date is: Monday 29 February 2016 at 12 noon. 
Click the title link for a number of tips on applying to this fund.
Training and Learning Opportunities
REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Course

Date: Thursday 18 February 2016
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
Costs: Voluntary sector delegates 65.00 per person. Non-voluntary sector delegates 85.00 per person. 

This course is aimed at people handling food and will make them aware of how to keep food and kitchens safe
Mental health and disability awareness training

Date: Monday 14 March 2016,New Volunteer House, Kirkcaldy 
OR    : Wednesday 30 March, FVA Glenrothes
Time: 9.30-4.30pm

These one day workshops are aimed at frontline employability staff, to build confidence in working with clients with mental health problems or disabilities. One previous participant said it was the 'best training I have attended in a long time'. Skills Development Scotland are supporting this training and it is being delivered in partnership with FVA, Fife Centre for Equalities, FEAT and the Supported Employment team at Fife Council.

For more information or to book a place contact
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses

SDS are currently offering 8 x Business and Administration Apprenticeships and 1 x Creative and Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship. More information can be found via the title link.
Opportunities Fife Partnership Modern Apprenticeship & Jobs Fair

Date: Tuesday 16 Feburary 2016
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: The Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline

The Modern Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair is a combined collaboration and aims to bring together companies who are planning to recruit and support young people who are looking for a first step on the career ladder in the next year, whether that be in a modern apprenticeship or a full time job.
If you would like to participate as an exhibitor at this fair, please let know. 
Recruitment Evening - Old Course, St AndrewsOldcourse

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2016
Time: 6.00pm

Permanent, Seasonal and Casual vacancies available in a 
wide range of areas. Closing date for registration is Tuesday 9th February.  

Free taster workshop
Date: Saturday 20 February 2016
Venue: Falkland Estate

WoodWorks is an exciting new programme giving young people a chance to hear about woodland culture, engage in craft skills and turn creative ideas into practical action with potential career opportunities.

DEAP have information on their Next Steps programme.

To see full details of the programme, please see their timetable of their activities via the title link. 
Link Living - Step On

Link Living run a project called Step On. They continually recruit volunteers from 16-24 to help build up confidence, core skills and give direction from various opportunities. They explore different channels of employments to gain knowledge of different industries. 

They are also looking to recruit Peer Educators, who would like to go into schools and help give knowledge to young people around independent living and homelessness. They provide training and the knowledge for you to succeed and ensure you can gain valuable skills for any future roles. 

For more information please contact Michael Fong on 07841986421 or email 

Clued Up Educate 
This operates as a drop-in service.
Date: every Monday
Time: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: The Bunker, Kirkcaldy

This takes place with an Adult Basic Education tutor in Clued Up's premises. These sessions offer young people the opportunity to brush up on, or gain, certification up to Intermediate 1 in literacy and numeracy in a relaxed environment. The tutor can tailor materials to suit an individual's interests and employability needs. 
Telephone: 01592 858 248
Clued Up Cook

This operates as a drop-in service.
Date: every Wednesday
Time: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: The Bunker, Kirkcaldy

Designed to support participants in developing their knowledge of food and nutrition. Young people will have the opportunity to plan and prepare lunch for their peers, learn how to cook on a budget and eat healthily. 
Telephone: 01592 858 248
Clued Up Excel

This operates as a drop-in service.
Date: every Friday
Time: 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Venue: The Bunker, Kirkcaldy

Sessions and workshops are designed around young people's needs. This includes goal setting and action planning; dealing with interviews; CV and application writing; benefits information; visits from mainstream and other organisations that can offer specific input focusing on possible progression opportunities.  
Fife - ETC Employability Drop-In

This drop-in provision is currently running every Friday from 10.00am - 2.00pm at BRAG, Crosshill. 
BRAG offers an employability drop-in aimed at clients who are not yet ready to undertake a fixed period of study but would benefit from the 'drop in'  approach. The clinics are designed to help clients on a more individual basis with CVs, applications, registering for ILA etc and also providing clients with an "information hub" for any future employability support. Employability drop-ins will run every week in various locations across Fife.  
Telephone: 0333 320 2258
Website form:
Introduction to Hospitality with Employability Skills

Information session on Tuesday 16 February 2016, 10.30am - 12.00pm at BRAG, Crosshill Business Centre, Crosshill.

This programme is delivered by BRAG and is designed for people who are interested in a career within the Hospitality sector. You will work towards a City & Guilds Employability Qualification which will be work based over the 20 weeks. Participants will work between two venues and will work on a rota system. Some of the topics covered may include:- Health & Safety; Customer Service; Preparing Food; Serving Food; Barista Training; REHIS Food & Hygiene; Employability sessions.  
Telephone: 01592 860296
Fife-ETC - Literacies for Work

Sessions are currently running on:
Tuesdays, 1.30pm - 4.00pm at BRAG, Crosshill.
Thursdays, 9.30am - 12.00pm at FVA, Kirkcaldy.
Thursdays, 1.30pm - 4.00pm at FEAT, Glenrothes.

Join in with these drop in sessions and get help to achieve a qualification in Communications and/or Numeracy.  
Telephone: 0333 320 2258
Website form:
Living Life to the Full

Date: Tuesday 08 February 2016 - 28 March 2016,
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm.

This 8 week course is delivered by FEAT and is designed to develop confidence, self-esteem, emotional intelligence and problem-solving. The course will introduce clients to a number of tools and techniques that will enable them to recognise and intervene in unhelpful thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and behaviours. This course is aimed primarily at clients with mental health issues.  
Telephone: 01592 759371
STARS (Set Targets and Reach Success)

Date: 08 March 2016 - 29 March 2016,
Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm.
Venue: Glenrothes

This 4 week course is delivered by FEAT and is designed to develop confidence, self-esteem, emotional intelligence and problem-solving so that clients can apply strategies to identify and pursue opportunities in life. STARS aims to illustrate that established routines and thinking prevent us from seeing the many opportunities and possibilities for self-realisation that exist. The objective of STARS is to encourage clients to create a goal and then apply the strategies discussed in the course to make it achievable. This course is aimed primarily at clients with mental health issues.  
Telephone: 01592 759371
What's happening in Fife

Labyrinth are no longer operating a waiting list. if you have anyone you are working with who has a criminal record and is looking to enter employment, education or training, please complete and return a referral form by clicking the title link.
Year of Listening 2016

The 'Year of Listening 2016', an initiative promoted by Breathing Space and Living Life mental health telephone services, which has been officially launched on Breathing Space Day (01 February). Your support through social media (#YoL2016) and raising awareness through websites and other means is also much appreciated. The information pack can be found here
Other News

The Scottish Government response to the Creating a Fairer Scotland Discussion Paper has been published and the full analysis can be found via the title link. 
Scottish Government summarise that 'the Scottish Approach' to employability should:
  • Provide a flexible, tailored, 'whole person' approach
  • Be designed and delivered in partnership
  • Drive towards real jobs
Further details on commissioning are expected in March 2016. However with an anticipated 87% (45 million) cut in DWP employability spend in Scotland announced by the UK Government tough decisions on prioritisation can be expected.
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.