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Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients

Service Engineer - Consult Lift Services

Closing Date 11/11/2016

Temporary Part-Time Sales and Membership Advisor- Fife Sports and Leisure Trust

Closing Date 13/11/2016

Shift Equipment and Maintenance Engineer - Kaiam

Closing Date 25/01/2017

Social Enterprise Assistant Closing Date not provided
Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 

Welcome to the November edition of the Fife Employability E-bulletin which is once again packed with the latest news and events. 
If you haven't yet done so, don't forget to book your place at the next Fife Employability Forum on Wednesday 23 November 2016 - we look forward to seeing you there!

We are pleased to share a whole host of employability courses happening in the area. Check them out and see if any could help your clients. We also have  some great  staff development opportunities too. 

FEAT Trading CIC and Fife Gingerbread need your votes to get funding from the Aviva Community Fund, and as the only two Fife c harities in running please give them your full suppport. 

There is surpisingly good news on the economy in Scotland with GDP up and unemployment down.

Finally (but not least) The Scottish Government have now launched the process of commissioning fully devolved employment support services in Scotland, there are two events with spaces still available in Edinburgh and Inverness,  click here to read the latest and find out how to register your interest.
The deadline for content to include in the next e-bulletin is Friday 25 November 2016.

All the best,
Christine Davison
Development Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15

Date: Wednesday 23 November 2016
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm (9.00am registration)
Venue: Fife Renewables Innovation Centre (FRIC), Ajax Way, Methil Docks  Business Park, Methil, KY8 3RS

Participants at this event will:
  • Hear feedback from Know Your Network 2016;
  • Quiz a panel of experts from our very own Opportunities Fife Partnership;
  • Hear from DWP experts on the new Dynamic Purchasing System and on DWP support for transportation costs;
  • Get an update on Welfare Reform from CARF;
  • Learn about the do's and don'ts of volunteering whilst on benefits; and
  • Get time to connect and build your networks. 
A huge t hank you to everyone who completed our survey about the Forum - your ideas and contributions have helped us to shape the November Fife Employability Forum - and also the next forum in February 2017.
Save the Date:
08 February 2017 - Joint Health and Social Care and Employability Forum

Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary

Date: Thursday 17 November 2016
Venue: COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh

This Holyrood event will hear from key policy influencers to learn where the future priorities should lie for social security in Scotland. Learn from good practice across a range of services and discover techniques to help support service delivery in your organisation. There is a cost to attend this event. 
Date: Monday 28 November 2016
Venue: Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh

NHS Health Scotland is hosting this conference to explore national action to prevent and respond to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). 

The day aims to develop understanding about the impact of adverse childhood experiences through the life course, connect with people from diverse sectors and identify action to be taken by local and national stakeholders.
Date: Thursday 08 December 2016
Venue: Central Edinburgh

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the policy priorities for skills development in Scotland.

It takes place in the context of the 2016 annual report on the Scottish Government's Developing the Young Workforce strategy for reducing youth unemployment, due to be published in December.
Employability in Scotland Supplier Briefing EventsEIS

Employability in Scotland sent out two important updates this month including their special one off e-bulletin supplier briefing events in November and December.
They issued further information that there are still places available at the Edinburgh event on 01 December and at the Inverness event on 29 November 2016 - more information and booking links can be found by clicking here
Funding OpportunitiesFundingopps
Coalfields Community Investment Programme (Scotland)

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports activities delivered by community and voluntary organisations working in Scotland's 'coalfield communities'. Investments can be capital and/or revenue awards for charitable groups, not-for-profit organisations or social enterprises working to support regeneration activity in their areas.

The last closing date for 2016 is Wednesday 23 November.
Businesses and organisations can apply for a share of £500,000 to develop solutions that will help Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) manage short-term sickness absence.

As well as improving individual wellbeing, it's known that addressing sickness absence offers economic benefits for businesses, employees and the state.

The submission deadline is 5.00pm on Friday 16 December 2016.
Greggs Foundation's Local Community Projects Fund and Environmental Grants Scheme
Applications are open for Greggs Foundation's Local Community Projects Fund and Environmental Grant Scheme.

The submission deadline for both is Friday 03 March 2017.
Training and Learning Opportunities   Trainingandlearning
Volunteer Management Training - Fife Voluntary Action

Fife Voluntary Action have launched our next round of free training for volunteer managers.

If you're involved with managing volunteers within your organisation make sure to sign-up to one or all of our courses. These courses are designed to ensure you are equipped with the best tools and knowledge to recruit and manage volunteers within your organisation so don't miss out on this great opportunity. 

Time: 9:30am - 1.00pm
Venue - Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF  
Thursday 03 November 2016
Monday 14 November 2016
Tuesday 29 November 2016
Wednesday 07 December 2016

Various venues and dates available.

This is a full day participative workshop divided into a morning session on costing and an afternoon session on pricing. Further information as well as an online form to book your place can be found through the title link.

When: Monday 07 November 2016, 2.00pm - 5.00pm.
Where: Bankhead Central, Bankhead, Glenrothes

The Deaf Communication Service is running various awareness sessions to give employees a better understanding of the needs of Deaf people and the barriers they face. These sessions are open to all Fife Council Services, voluntary, public and private sector.

When: Tuesday 08 November 2016, 2.00pm - 3.00pm.
Where: This event is being organised by Quality Scotland

What benefits might intrapreneurship bring and how can it be encouraged?

During this webinar, Steve McCreadie from 'The Lens' will share experiences rooted in practice, and give real life examples of intrapreneurship in action.

When: Thursday 10 November 2016 8:30 - 11:30am.
Where: Glynhill Hotel, 169 Paisley Road, Renfrew, Glasgow, PA4 8XB

What is Supply Chain 21?  What is EFQM? How can they help you achieve world class performance, deliver quality and achieve sustainable business excellence?

Come along to Quality Scotand's Business Breakfast to hear first-hand from organisations that are benefiting from SC21 and the EFQM Excellence Model.

When: Thursday 10 November 2016 13:15pm - 16:30pm.
Where: Cameron Hospital, Cameron Road, Windygates, Leven, KY8 5RR

This practical workshop will look at the current context of health inequalities in Fife and will enable participants to explore their role in addressing these.

When: Wednesday 23 November 2016 9.30am - 4.30pm.
Where: Cameron Hospital, Cameron Road, Windygates, Leven, KY8 5RR

To raise the awareness of frontline staff about the impact of homelessness issues on health and to increase their knowledge of the services and support available.
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
When: Thursday 10th November 2016 (9:30am - 4:00pm)
Where: Crosshill Business Centre, Lochgelly, KY5 8BJ

This course is open to anyone that has an Individual Learning Account (ILA) but can be paid by employer or in cash.

This full day training course will cover skills required to sit the SQA Health and Safety in a Construction Environment assessment. Trainees will find out if they have passed or failed on the day.

An online registration form can be found here.
Start your career with Springboard's ten week programme running two days a week.

The course will introduce you to the skills you need to begin your career in Hospitality. You will take part in mocktail making classes, practical cookery sessions, food hygiene training, exciting industry visits as well as CV and interview skills and more!

The closing date for applications is 25 November 2016.

Camdean Community Centre offers Employability Course for 16-20 year olds

The course runs on a Monday from 2:00pm - 5:00pm at Camdean Community Centre, Rosyth. They offer help with CV writing, application forms and interview preparation.

Information session: Thursday 10 November 2016
Course Starts: Monday 14 November 2016
Location: Fife

The Princes Trust are working in partnership with Game-On (part of Edinburgh Rugby's community programme) to deliver a five day taster course in health and fitness, with a focus on touch rugby. The programme will be delivered in the Fife region and is for 16-25 year olds who are not currently in education or employment.

To book your place on the course e-mail Andrew Smith or call him on 07407 733 415.

The next Hand Picked Academy course will take place at CR Smith Head Office, Gardeners Street, Dunfermline, KY12 0RN and will start on Monday 14 November 2016 at 9.30am.  This is a week-long, full time course starting each day thereafter at 9am and one day beginning at 8am; they aim to finish at 5pm/5.30pm each day.
The course aims to give young people a realistic understanding of what employers look for when recruiting new staff and what they need to do once they have found employment to ensure they sustain their job. They challenge the "ideals" of work and leave them with a lasting impression of what occupations they could consider moving forward.

An online application form can be found here.

These Two-day courses will be running again on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 November and on Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 December. More information can be found through the title link.

BRAG have released a number of future dates for their employability course:

21 November 2016 - 16 December 2016
16 January 2017 - 10 February 2017
27 February 2017 - 24 March 2017

Each course will run for four weeks.  Monday and Tuesday 9.30am - 3.30pm and Wednesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm, at BRAG, Crosshill Business Centre, Crosshill.

This is an opportunity for people to build on existing skills, explore their aspirations and barriers to success, meet new people, increase confidence and undertake a recognised qualification.

BRAG will supply bus tickets to the course so would require all referrals by the Thursday before the Monday start date at the latest to allow these to be posted out.

Should you require any further information please contact Lesley McIlroy or Connie McCann on 01592 860296.
Fife Council Community Food Project

Fife Council have two short food courses coming up in Linktown and Invertiel, Kirkcaldy. The Living Well on a Budget and Christmas on a Budget courses have places available.
Fife College Open Day

When: Saturday 26 November 2016, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Where: Fife College, St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy

This open day will provide the opportunity to have an informal chat about Fife College's part-time HNC Business and Administration Courses which take place on Saturday Mornings. 
For further information contact:
Audrey Wilson on 01592 223043, e- mail or John Elliott via e-mail
What's happening in FifeHappninginFife
FEAT Trading and Fife Gingerbread seek votes for Funding
FEAT Trading and Fife Gingerbread need to acquire votes to secure a share of funding from Aviva towards community projects. Each person can vote up to 10 times and can split their votes among different projects or cast all 10 for the same project.
Clued-Up have released the September 2016 edition of their newsletter. The newsletter highlights what they've been up to over the past few weeks as well as ongoing and upcoming events.
Updated sanctions booklet published
Fife Council, Citizen Advice and Rights Fife (CARF) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), have updated the guide that helps Fife welfare benefit claimants keep their benefits and cope if their benefits are cut. Click the title link to access the booklet. 
Other News

Last month saw the Minister for Employability and Training announce detail of the Scottish Government's 12 month transitional arrangements, Work First Scotland and Work Able Scotland.

They are now inviting organisations to 'register interest' via Public Contracts Scotland for the full programme to commence in April 2018. Click the title link to find out more.

As well as this they are holding information events across Scotland, there are still spaces left in Edinburgh and Inverness, for more information on these click here

Charities have welcomed a commitment that sanctions won't be placed on benefits once welfare powers are devolved to Scotland.

MSPs voted that access to employability services should be voluntary and not involve compulsion and punishment. Welfare-to-work programmes are due to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament from next April.

The Learning and Work Institute have released the latest figures from the Labour Market. Some notable figures include:

The unemployment rate remains at 4.9%, no change on last month's figures or on the last quarter.


The number of workless young people is 1,019,000. Up 6,000 on the quarter representing 14.2% of the youth population in the UK. 


There are 2.2 unemployed people per vacancy. Learning and Work estimates this figure may rise next month.

Scottish GDP grew by 0.4% during the second quarter of 2016, according to statistics announced by Scotland's Chief Statistician.

Change in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth in Scotland. The latest Gross Domestic Product release, covering the period April to June 2016, shows that total output in the economy grew by 0.4% compared to the previous three months. On an annual basis, compared to the second quarter of 2015, Scottish GDP grew by 0.7%.

Unemployment rates in Scotland fell by nearly one percentage point over the last quarter to 4.6%, the lowest rate of unemployment since 2008 according to the latest ONS statistics.

The Labour Market Statistics for June to August 2016 show Scotland continues to outperform the UK on female employment, unemployment and inactivity rates.

Scotland is also outperforming the UK on youth unemployment with the rate falling 5.0 percentage points over the year to 12.2%.

UK and Scottish government ministers met again as part of the ongoing process to transfer the remaining welfare powers under the Scotland Act 2016. To find out more click the title link.
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.