In this issue
Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients
Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Temporary Full-time Macmillan Development Officer, Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, closing date 09.09.16
1 Year Business and Admin/Customer Service Modern Apprenticeship, Ore Valley Housing Association, closing date 09.09.2016
Trainee Security Engineer, Xtreme Business Solutions, closing date 16.09.2016
General Manager, Furniture Plus, closing date 23.09.16
Support and Development Officer, Secondment Opportunity, The Third Sector Employability Forum, closing date 03.10.2016
Can you believe that it's September already? We can't, but they do say time flies when you're having fun and it's certainly been a busy month for us at FVA, with Know Your Network  a great success again and the launch of the all new OFP Employability Services Directory  for Fife.

Other key things to look out for in this issue include:
  • FEAT go international with links to Australia
There are also a couple of quick surveys for our third sector partners on modern apprenticeships and supporting people with criminal convictions. Do take the time to respond to these as it will help shape policy going forward.

The deadline for content to include in the next e-bulletin is Friday 30 September 2016.

All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Fife Employability Forum - Save the date

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

The November Forum is for you to help shape the content. If you have ideas you would like to discuss then please get in touch with either Christine Davison or Pegs Bailey.
Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary
Scottish Learning Festival 2016

Dates: 21 and 22 September 2016
Venue: SECC, Glasgow

The Scottish Learning Festival is about teaching and learning and offers a number of opportunities to enhance the education profession by providing:
  • inspiration and new ideas;
  • an opportunity to network with peers;
  • a range of options to enhance the learning and teaching experience for all. 

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

Date: 13-14 October
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 all be represented so whether it's information on a career in engineering and manufacturing or media and communications, there will be something for everyone.
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.
Training and Learning Opportunities   Trainingandlearning

Date: Wednesday 7 September 2016
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: Lomond Centre, Glenrothes, KY7 5RA
Date: Thursday 8 September 2016
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Venue: Valleyfield Community Centre, Abbey Street, High Valleyfield
This half day workshop aims to broaden understanding on the differences between tolerance and inclusion, increase awareness of a range of issues and impacts related to diversity, and provide an opportunity for participants to tell their stories.                                                                  Back to top  

Date: Thursday 8 September 2016
Time: 2.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Rosyth Parish Church, Parkgate, Rosyth

Come along to this interactive workshop and explore different texts which tackle the marginalisation of people with disabilities and in particular hidden disabilities such as deafness and mental illness. Everyone welcome!

Date: Friday 9 and Sunday 18 September 2016
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Venue: The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch, Kinghorn KY3 9YG

A series of Workers' Educational Association creative writing workshops drawing inspiration from the landscape around Kinghorn Loch.

These relaxed and friendly workshops will be facilitated by Maureen Sangster - poet, writer, artist and experienced facilitator, these workshops will begin with a half hour exploration of the environment surrounding Kinghorn Loch.

Date: Monday 12 September 2016
Time: 9.30am - 4:30pm
Venue: The Vine Venue, Garvock Hill, Dunfermline KY11 4JU

This course aims to develop and share good practice in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, thereby contributing to a more open workplace culture.

Date: Monday 19 September 2016
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

This specialist training will enable a better understanding of dyslexia and neuro difference, to become dyslexia and inclusion friendly, recruit and sustain a more effective, inclusive and diverse workforce, and enable employers and organisations to meet their statutory duty under the 2010 Equalities Act.

Date: Wednesday 28 September 2016
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: The Bay Hotel, Pettycur Bay, Burntisland Road, Kinghorn, KY3 9YE

To raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues and to provide participants with basic crisis first aid skills training.
This course includes sessions on attitudes, recovery, alcohol and drugs, suicide, listening skills, self harm, depression, anxiety and psychosis.
Just Enterprise: Budgeting for Your Organisation & Funding Applications

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm
Venue: Gallery Conference Room, PKAVS, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP

This practical workshop is aimed at staff who are involved in the budgeting process within their organisation. To read more or to book your place click the title link. 
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
Open Doors - in-work package of support

Open Doors is a package of tailored in-work support. Available to young people age 16 to 29 throughout Scotland, where their employer considers additional support is required to sustain employment. To find out more click the title link. 

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

Apex Scotland - Accessing Youth Employability

Apex Scotland offer's a service looking to help young people aged 16 - 24 in the Fife area who are or have been looked after and who have or are at risk of having an offending background.


Further information can be found through the title link.

Girls Group provides year-round programming and mentoring to develop character, leadership, self-confidence and social consciousness.

For more information click on the title link.

West Fife Enterprise offer a 2 day course which covers the following:

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.

Job Club Drop In for people who need help and advice looking for work, creating CV's and carrying out job searches.

Digital Skills offers support with E-mail, using Universal Jobmatch, using other job search sites and filling out online application forms.

Dates and times can be accessed through the title link.

This one-day introductory course aims to provide participants with a theoretical and practical introduction to the Phase 1 handbook survey as described in the Joint Nature Conservation Committee handbook. The handbook is the preferred method of environmental auditing for planning and conservation management.

Dates and times can be accessed through the title link.

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
 Know Your Network 2016

We were delighted to welcome around 180 participants to Know Your Network 2016. With 35 stall holders sharing information all agreed this event is fast becoming an essential part of Fife's employability scene.

We look forward to providing a full report of the day including all presentations, notes from discussion topics and a summary of your feedback in the October bulletin. We will also be sharing key messages with our OFP partners at the next Board meeting in November.

Know your Network is a partnership event. Planning and delivery are supported by the full Opportunities Fife Partnership and more: Department for Work and Pensions, Fife College, Fife Council, Fife-ETC, Skills Development Scotland and Working Links. A huge thanks goes to everyone who helped make it such a success.

We are delighted to launch the first ever OFP Employability Services Directory. An interactive version is now available on the FVA website, and will be on the OFP website shortly.

Many of you will have been pestered by us to submit your forms and project information. We hope you agree it was worth it.  With information on over 60 projects this really is the most comprehensive overview of employability provision in the area.

If you wish to receive a hard copy please contact David MacPhail  - watch out they are going fast!

New Community Job Club opens in Kinglassie


A new Community Job Club opened at the Kinglassie Miners' Institute on Monday 22 August 2016. The new Job Club will allow people to access Universal Job Match and prepare for employment in their local community, with support and help from Welfare Support Assistants.
A national delivery group has been established with third sector organisations, private sector employers and other key stakeholders.

The delivery group wants to compile a comprehensive list of third sector organisations supporting PWC's - of all ages - towards and into work - as part of their core business or as part of general employability support.

Please take the time to fill out their brief survey which can be accessed through the title link. The deadline was 01 September but they are accepting late returns.
FBDA 2016 will recognise the success of Businesses, Organisations and Individuals in Fife who excel in promoting the employment of people who face disadvantages in the labour market.

These awards specifically acknowledge determination, resourcefulness and originality in creating equal opportunities for all in the work place.

The deadline for nominations has been extended until Friday 30 September 2016. To find out more and download nomination forms please click on the title link.
Fife IPS welcome new Team Lead, Joanne Koziel. Employment Specialist, Keith McGeoch and Cognitive Remediation Therapy Learning Coach, Liz Gibson.
Other News
Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2016 Released          SIMD2016

To read more about SIMD 2016  click the title link. Key headlines include:
Many of Fife's most deprived areas are concentrated in Central Fife, with some areas now showing as more deprived relative to other areas of Scotland. A changed picture is seen in relation to Health deprivation in Fife, but still within what might be expected for Fife's size and population.
Fife Council have produced a quick brief, and an overall map for Fife.  Local maps are available on request.
In absolute terms, there are now fewer people in Fife who are income or employment deprived since 2012.
Fit for work tests penalise people living in deprived areas

New research shows that "Fit for work" tests are "significantly biased" against claimants in poor areas.

Analysis of more than a million incapacity benefit claimants who have been re-assessed for employment and support allowance (ESA), shows the controversial work capability assessment is disproportionately removing benefits from people in more deprived regions.

The survey, for Disability Rights UK and employment agency Reed, found that o ne in 10 businesses in the UK say they are unable to employ disabled people. It was  also found that a third of employers were concerned about possible discrimination claims while 12% thought disabled people were more likely to need time off work.

With disabled people four times as likely to be unemployed as the non-disabled, the report warned closing the employment gap should be a "national priority".

According to the Learning and Work Institute the labour market figures published on 17 August are another encouraging set of numbers, with employment again rising substantially and unemployment falling.

In Scotland particularly, the figures made for good reading. With the employment rate rising by 1% in the quarter from April-June 2016.                                                            Back to top

This consultation sets the Scottish Government's proposals for a Child Poverty Bill for Scotland that will:

Enshrine in legislation the Scottish Government's ambition to eradicate child poverty;
Place a duty on Scottish Ministers to publish a Child Poverty Delivery Plan every 5 years, and to report on that Plan annually; and
Set statutory income targets.

The consultation will be open to responses until Friday 30 September 2016.

The Scottish Greens say ministers could insist on a policy on non-compliance with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure people don't have benefit payments stopped for failing to comply.

The Greens, in the Scotland Against Sanctions report, claim that the Scottish Government could ensure that providers of employability programmes refuse to tell the DWP who had broken the rules.

As this report demonstrates, employment levels for people with learning disabilities are unacceptably low and if people are to prosper we have to change that.

If we are to change the current predicament, we need to focus on early intervention. This report describes what is happening now and how we can make it better.
FEAT Down Under            FEAT

Local charity Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) are proud to report an international collaboration.

FEAT run a variety of projects and activities aimed at supporting people with mental health conditions to return to work.  Amongst their range of work has been the introduction of computerised cognitive remediation therapy (CRT).

FEAT are leading the way in the use of this therapy and following  a second visit from a Melbourne organisation to FEAT's Glenrothes offices this week this has led to a deal being struck to deliver the "Employ your Mind" project down under.
SCVO are looking to find out the third sector's current involvement with the Modern Apprenticeship programme. Please take a moment and complete a short survey which can be accessed through 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.