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for you and your clients

Warehouse Assistant - Adamson Doors Limited

Closing Date 7/10/2016

Office Assistant - Pagan Osborne Limited

Closing Date 9/10/2016

Casual Cleaner(s) - Fife Sports and Leisure Trust

Closing Date 10/10/2016

Part-Time Leisure Attendant - Fife Sports and Leisure Trust

Closing Date 10/10/2016

Service Engineer - Consult Lift Services

Closing Date 11/10/2016

Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 

With autumn already here (did anyone manage to catch the summer this year?) we once again have a packed employability e-bulletin for you:
We have a number of consultations in this month's edition - we know it takes time out of an already busy schedule but your input to these consultations would be hugely appreciated by those conducting them:
The deadline for content to include in the next e-bulletin is Friday 28 October 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 from DWP experts on the new Dynamic Purchasing System and get the chance to ask questions;
  • Get information on volunteering and benefits from Fife Voluntary Action;
  • Hear feedback from Know Your Network 2016;
  • Have the chance to quiz a panel of experts from our very own Opportunities Fife Partnership; and as usual,
  • Get time to connect and build your networks.
A huge t hank you to everyone who completed the Survey Monkey for the Forum - your ideas and contributions have helped us to shape the November Fife Employability Forum.

On Wednesday 24 August 2016 at the Bay Hotel the third consecutive Know Your Network took place.

Now a key event in the calendar for Fife's employability sector, this year's event has once again been successful with nearly 180 people attending across the day. 

A summary of the event along with presentaions can be found via the title link. 
Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary

Date: 09-11 October 2016
Venue: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Date: 13-14 October 2016
Venue: EICC, Edinburgh

The Scottish Apprenticeship Show is a unique opportunity for young people and the nation's top employers to come together face to face in a lively and friendly environment. Scotland's key employment categories will be represented.
Date: Friday 28 October 2016
Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling

This free one-day conference delivered by RNIB Scotland's Employment, Learning and Welfare Services team, offers a unique opportunity to hear how young blind and partially sighted people are finding the moves from school, college, university and employment.

There will also be workshops and information stalls from several organisations on the day.
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.
Funding OpportunitiesFundingopps
Big Lottery Fund - Celebrate Scotland

Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with their Celebrate programme.

They are offering grants of between £500 and £5,000  for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

The application deadline is Friday 21 October 2016.
New Grassroots Funding

Community organisations can bid for awards of up to £5000 under a fresh wave of Scottish Government funding. Projects fighting inequality and promoting social inclusion can apply for a share of the £333,000 Community Capacity and Resilience Fund, which is being administered by SCVO.

Make sure to get your application in by Monday 31 October.
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.
Training and Learning Opportunities   Trainingandlearning

Date: Wednesday 12 October 2016
Time: 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Architecture and Design Scotland, Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

Learn more about Understanding Scottish Places Toolkit, the Place Standard Tool and Town Centre Toolkit in this very practical half day workshop.

Experts will guide you to use and develop these tools for your own place and to build an evidence base to inform your towns' strategy. A limited number of ipads will be available to use but they encourage you to bring your own devices for use in the workshop.
Volunteer Management Training - Fife Voluntary Action

Time: 9:30am - 1.00pm
Venue - Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF
Tuesday 18 October 2016
Thursday 03 November 2016
Monday 14 November 2016
Tuesday 29 November 2016
Wednesday 07 December 2016
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses

The Princes Trust - Get Into Retail with ASDA

The Princes Trust are offering a four week training programme with an introduction into working in a positive work environment with ASDA located in either Perth, Dunfermline (St Leonards), Glenrothes and Dalgety Bay stores.


The deadline for applications is Friday 07 October 2016.

Elementary Food Handling & Hygiene - Templehall Community Centre, Kirkcaldy

This course will provide an Elementary Food Handling and Hygiene certificate. This certificate is normally required to
work within the catering industry.


More information can be found through the title link.

One of the main local planning objectives for Levenmouth councillors is for local people to have opportunities to enhance their skills.

A new six month pilot project with a dedicated Community Works team managed in partnership with FEAT will start in October 2016. The team will have an anchor point in Levenmouth at Silverburn Park. The Park will provide a range of opportunities for project related work around woodland management, horticulture, watercourse work etc. Find out more including how to refer your clients via the title link.
The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) will give you a range of IT skills that are very valuable to employers. These skills include working with e-mail, the internet, Microsoft Office and increasing productivity using IT.

This is a flexible learning course available at many locations throughout Fife and you can enrol at any time of the year.
West Fife Enterprise run a range of courses at the Forthview Learning Centre. These include:
  • Vocational Craft Skills;
  • Find a job, Keep a job;
  • Paving the way; and
  • Bitesize work tries.
These courses are available to people aged 16-64 who are looking to find paths to employment. Further information and how to book is available through the title link.

West Fife Enterprise also offer a two day CSCS course:

Day 1: Delivery of the British Safety Council L1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment Award and Test.

Day 2: Revision and Mock Tests in Preparation for the CSCS Test and sitting the test in the afternoon.

Their next course will run on 11 and 13 October 2016.

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

10 October 2016 - 04 November 2016
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.

This course aims to improve booking ability and knowledge, particularly on how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals on a budget. Participants will also gain a certificate in food hygiene.

Deaf Action's Employability Service has launched a British Sign Language video about what they do. This can be accessed via the title link. On the same webpage, people can also download referral forms to either refer potential clients or self-refer.

The FVA website and new volunteering e-bulletin have a lot of different volunteer opportunities. Click the title link to find out more.
What's happening in FifeHappninginFife

Opportunities Fife Partnership have launched their Challenge Fund Framework which sets out their intentions for investment in Poverty and Social Inclusion provision and is intended to provide the framework for all funding within the control of the partnership and Fife Council. Investment will be aligned to the Fife Employability Pathway.
Service delivery will engage and support workless households from Fife's most deprived SIMD 20% areas, with multiple (two or more eligible) barriers to employment, with a focus on support for families with young people aged 14 - 19.
A new six week project at Buckhaven Community Centre is looking for men aged between 16-65 to improve their health, wellbeing and fitness.

This new guide is a must read for anyone with clients on benefits. Written by CARF, Fife Council and DWP it provides guidance on how claimants can avoid sanctions.
Other News
Survey on Ageing Workforce and Employers in Fife  AgeingWorkforce

You are invited to take part in a survey about the knowledge, understanding and management of an ageing workforce and older workers amongst workplaces in Fife.

The Employment Research Institute at Edinburgh Napier University have been commissioned to do the survey by the Workplace Team, Health Promotion, Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and Fife Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

The Survey can be accessed here and is open to responses until 06 October 2016.

In March 2016, the Scottish Government published " A New Future for Social Security in Scotland". In that paper, the Scottish Government made a commitment to work with people across Scotland to determine how best to use the new social security powers which will be devolved by the Scotland Act 2016.
Responses are encouraged from anyone involved with the current social security system so Scotland can shape a system that reflects the Scottish Governments values and principles.
This consultation is open until Friday 28 October 2016.

ARC Scotland and the Scottish Transitions Forum are seeking the views of young people and their parents and carers for an important national piece of work.

The Scottish Government has commissioned ARC Scotland to map the availability of planning and support for people aged 14 and 25 years who have additional support needs in Scotland.

A central part of the work is to ask young people and their parents/carers about their experiences during this important time of their lives.

The surveys should take between 10 - 30 minutes and must be completed by Friday 11 November 2016.
Study reveals the reality of low paid work in Scotland     LowPaidWorkers 

"Decent work for Scotland's low-paid workers: A job to be done" has shown the differences between what low paid workers believe is needed for a decent working life and the reality they live with.

The report employed a mixed method approach and involved more than 1500 people who gave their views about what 'decent work' means to them.

The Learning and Work Institute have released the latest figures from the Labour Market. The figures are once again positive with employment rising and unemployment falling. Some of the most notable figures revealed are:

The UK unemployment figure fell by 9,000 from last month to 1,632,000.

The employment rate in the UK has increased by 0.3% over the last quarter to 74.5%.

The unemployment rate in Scotland has fallen significantly over the last quarter, falling by more than 1%.

New DWP guidance provide strong reasons why UC claimants who move into work should request monthly calendar payments.

More information can be found through the title link.

On Thursday 15 September 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work announced Ministers' decision to take forward the Enterprise and Skills Review in two stages.
The EU Referendum result has affected the context since the start of the Review, and the two stage approach allows time to take account of this and build fully on stakeholder views.
The first stage will conclude shortly and set out the key recommendations across a number of areas highlighted as part of the Review. Phase two will take forward consideration of these recommendations with key partners.

A report recently launched by the Scottish Government highlights that more people are opting to work from home. Of these businesses 94% grew or maintained employment in the last 12 months.
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.