In this issue
Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients
Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Locum Co-ordinator, Vets Now, closing date 12.05.16
Trainee Recruitment Consultant, Hand Picked Opportunity, closing date 14.05.16
Trainee Mastic Applicator, Pro-Sealant Solutions Ltd, closing date 16.05.16
Volunteer Worker, LinkLiving Limited, closing date 18.05.16
General Manager, West Fife Enterprise, closing date 20.05.16WFEGM
Spirit Supply Team Leader,  DIAGEO, closing date 24.05.16
Collections Digitisation Trainee, National Galleries Scotland, closing date 29.05.16

Welcome to the May Employability E-bulletin. Spring is here, apparently. At least, I am sure I saw it last week, I caught a glimpse on Saturday. If you find it near you please let us know. 

In the meantime we have a great line-up of news for you along with a few things we'd like to highlight:
  • Details of the next Fife Employability Forum - 25 May including how to book;
  • FEAT are offering Free NIDMAR training - an opportunity not to be missed for staff working with clients with health issues or disabilities;
  • West Fife Enterprise are recruiting a new General Manager;
  • Skills Development Scotland are hosting a new oil and gas transition training fund for people affected by job loss in the industry. 
  • Employ with Confidence - 30 June - will be the launch of the Disability Confident Campaign in Scotland and open marketplace - remember although we work hard to get people into work and engage with employers, your organisations are employers in their own right so come along to find out more. 
  • Where the work is - this new website shows gaps between skills needed by employers in Scotland and the qualifications of those looking for work. 
Focus on financial inclusion
Debt and poor financial skills can be a key barrier to making the step off benefits and into work. If this affects your clients then click here to read more. 

Revision  
In our last e-bulletin we had an update on Universal Credit - we're sorry to say that we omitted one of the most important support organisations in Fife around welfare reform - CARF!
Please click here for an updated version of this document

The deadline for content to include in the next e-bulletin is Tuesday 31 May 2016. 

All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Fife Employability Forum 2016

Date: Wednesday 25 May 2016
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm

This month's Forum will hear:
  • Updates from DWP, Skills Development Scotland, Developing Young Workforce and Opportunities Fife Partnership
  • Presentations from providers supporting people with health problems and disabilities.
To book your place click here
Know Your Network - Save the date

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016
Time: TBC
Venue: The Bay Hotel, Kinghorn

Save the date for this years Know Your Network. Watch this space for more information and how to book. 
Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary
Date: Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Time: 10.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, Fife,  KY16 8QD
Cost: Free

Rural Skills Scotland, in partnership with Cambo Heritage Trust, invites you to attend this knowledge transfer and information event aimed at landowners, property managers and built heritage professionals.
This unique event will allow interested parties to come together in an informal setting to meet, network and learn from each other in a practical way.
SURF Award Inventive Employability Workshop

Date: Thursday 02 June 2016 
Time: 9.45am-1.00pm
Venue: The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

This free half-day SURF Awards workshop event in Edinburgh provides an opportunity to explore successful current approaches towards inventive methods within employability initiatives. The winning and highly commended projects from the 'Employability' category highlighted in the 2015 SURF Awards process will provide comment on their experiences and transferable learning.
Lead Scotland host fifth national conference

Lead Scotland was set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland. They are hosting their fifth national conference, 'Are We There Yet?'.

Date: Thursday 09 June 2016
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: Perth College UHI

The conference aims to bring together a diverse range of partners to meet new and emerging challenges, develop important networks, showcase new technologies and share examples of effective strategies, partnerships and programmes to improve life long and life wide learning journeys for disabled people.
Employ with ConfidenceEmploywithconfidence

Date: Thursday 30 June 2016
Time: 9.30am to 1.00pm
Venue: The Vine Conference Centre, Dunfermline

Shaw Trust Scotland and Opportunities Fife Partnership invite you or a representative from your organisation to 'Employ with Confidence':
  • The Launch of Disability Confident in Scotland;
  • Showcase a range of support in Fife for employers to hire someone with a health issue or disability;
  • Keynote address - TBC'
Come along to find out what support is available for your organisation. 
Funding OpportunitiesFundingopps

Skills Development Scotland would like to make you aware of the new Oil and Gas Transition Training Fund (TTF).

The purpose of the fund is to assist individuals from the oil and gas sector who have lost, or are at risk of losing their job, with training grants to redeploy in the oil and gas sector or, wider energy, engineering and manufacturing sectors.

To read more click the title link. 

The Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced that the next closing dates for its small and medium grant making programmes is Friday 08 July 2016. The aim of the Foundation's grant making is to support projects that improve and develop local communities and promote financial literacy and financial inclusion. 
Training and Learning Opportunities

FEAT are offering an exciting opportunity to access training to gain an internationally-recognised qualification from The National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR).

To read more about this course click the title link, or to speak to someone within FEAT who has completed the course please contact either Elaine Richards or Pam Bruce - 01592 759371.  The course (which usually costs in the region of £3500+ is free of charge (minus travel expenses).

If you're interested in attending this course please let Duncan know by the end of June 2016. 
Dyslexia Awareness Training

Date: Friday 20 May 2016
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

Dyslexia Pathways CIC is working in partnership with Healthy Working Lives Fife to deliver four half day dyslexia and neuro difference awareness training sessions in Fife. These are open to businesses, organisations, individuals or anyone with an interest in finding out more about dyslexia.
Fife One Stop for Autism - Introduction to Autism for Professionals

Date: Monday 23 May 2016
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Fife One Stop Shop for Autism, 8 Viewfield Terrace, Dunfermline, KY12 7HZ

This is an 'Introduction to Autism' for professionals and students looking for information about Autism Spectrum Conditions.
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2016
Venue:  Crosshill Business Centre, Crosshill, KY5 8BJ

Fife Works 'Introduction to Care' course offers an overview of working in the care industry, along with a range of training and support. For more information click the title link. 

The Princes Trust are running a Get Into Security Course:

Start Date: Monday 23 May 2016
Duration: Five weeks
Celebration Event Date: Friday 24 June 2016
Course locations: The Edinburgh Centre and Southside Social in Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh
Age Limit: 18-25 

Once qualified young people can work as Door Supervisors, CCTV Operators, Events staff, Retail Security or Manned Guarding. No experience required. Click on the link for criteria for participation. 
Community Learning and Development Courses

Fife Council are running two courses:

Sew Happy, Kirkcaldy East Local Office, 2 Park Road - This 12 week course will introduce participants to a range of sewing skills - running until 01 July 2016.

Building bridges, Kirkcaldy East Local Office, 2 Park Road - Improve your confidence and core skills, set new goals, take up new challenges, and have fun - running until 21 June 2016.

Both of these courses will run again after the end date. 

This is an exciting UK wide programme that aims to tackle a lack of social cohesion, opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.  The Fife Rural Skills Partnership with the Centre for Stewardship as lead partner will deliver this five year programme that aims to:
  • Enable young people in Fife to gain new skills relevant to finding jobs, training, volunteer opportunities or starting entrepreneurial projects that contribute to the green economy and,
  • Achieve a net gain in the built and natural environment across the rural and urban settings of Fife
To find out more and get involved check out their website via the title link. 
What's happening in FifeHappninginFife
Focus on Financial Inclusion Financialincl

Debt and poor financial skills can often be a key barrier to people making the step off benefits and into work.

In Fife we are lucky to have the specialist services of CARF who provide one-to-one advice to help people deal with any problems. In addition to this support CARF can also offer FREE financial inclusion training for frontline staff and clients which is tailored to your organisations needs. To find out more contact Audrey Cunningham

Money Advice Scotland are also offering free training to groups of frontline staff and have an online financial skills tool for clients. To find out more contact: info@moneyadvicescotland.org.uk

Finally if you have an idea for a financial inclusion project you would like to develop then Bank of Scotland have relaunched their grants programme on this theme.
Report on employability support for Carers in Fife published

In 2015 the Opportunities Fife Partnership commissioned Funding Ideas to undertake research on employment support in Fife for Carer's - looking at what are the gaps and how best to address these. This report has now been published and we hope that it will help inform development of new project ideas and additional resources for this client group in Fife. Click the title link for the full report. 
Fife Voluntary Action Celebrate the UK's First Employability Day with Special E-Bulletin

We were delighted to celebrate the UK's first official employability day with you. We celebrated the successes of Fife's employability sector by publishing a special e-bulletin for the day. 

To read this e-bulletin click the title link. 
Capability Scotland Celebrate the UK's First Employability Day

To read about how Capability Scotland celebrated the UK's First Employability day click the title link. 
Dunfermline Advice Hub

To read the latest updates from the Dunfermline Advice Hub click the title link. 
Other News
It is reported that the DWP has unlawfully imposed sanctions 

Appeal Court judges have decided that sanctions imposed on thousands of benefit claimants were implemented unlawfully. Judges have upheld a High Court decision after the government passed a new law to make the sanctions legal. This could pave the way for potentially millions in refunds to people who had their incomes cut while they were unemployed.
Universal credit: In-Work Progression

Under Universal Credit (UC) low-paid workers working up to 35 hours a week at the national living wage will be required to work with DWP job coaches to seek more work hours, higher pay, or an extra job as a condition of receiving low-wage top ups and other benefits. If claimants fall short of the targets agreed with coaches they face fines and sanctions.

'In-work progression' (IWP) will see those in low-paid work, working up to 35 hours a week supported by the job centre to find higher paid work, access training or further work. 
A Guide to Scots Law

The First Minister has launched a guide to Scottish Law aimed at individuals entering the country who may not have a full understanding of Scotland's rules and regulations. 
Research warns of skills gap in jobs marketskillsgaps

There are large gaps between the skills that employers in Scotland are looking for and the qualifications that jobseekers possess, according to a new data website.
To read more click the title link. 
Festival of Learning

Click the title link to read the latest on the Festival of Learning. 
Fife Voluntary Action
Tel: 0800 389 6046
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.