In this issue
Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients
Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Landscapers Wanted - ongoing recruitment opportunity
Junior Office Administrator, Profile Projects Ltd, closing date 10.06.16
Office Junior, Tailwind Solutions Ltd, closing date 10.06.16
Nursery Apprentice, Smart Cookies Childcare, closing date 10.06.16
Modern Apprenticeship Theatre Technician,
Fife Cultural Trust, closing date 17.06.16  
Modern Apprenticeship in Marketing, Fife Cultural Trust, closing date 17.06.16
Modern Apprenticeship in Marketing & IT,Fife Cultural Trust, closing date 17.06.16
Trainee Recruitment Consultant, Buzz Recruitment Limited, closing date 30.06.16
 
We've been enjoying some amazing sunshine recently and we hope this June edition of the Employability E-bulletin will brighten your day even further.

We had a wonderful turnout at May's Forum with 90% of participants finding all elements either 'productive' or 'very productive'. A huge thank you to all our speakers who made it such a fun and informative morning, and especially to Cllr Martin for his impromptu visit. Slides and a note of the Forum will be posted shortly.

Key updates in this edition include: We're a bit low on employability skills courses this month - make sure you let Christine know when you have a course coming up so we can circulate this in our July e-bulletin.

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

All the best,
Christine Davison
Project Support Officer
Fife Employability ForumFEF15
Know Your Network - Save the date

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

Save the date for this year's Know Your Network. Watch this space for more information and how to book. 
Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary

Date: Wednesday 22 June 2016
Time: 1.00 - 5.00pm,
Venue: Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Organisations such as Fife Environmental Trust and LEADER, Heritage Lottery Fund, Paths For All, Living Solutions and many more will be in attendance throughout the day.
 
This is a drop-in event so please feel free to join at any point throughout the day. At 1pm and 3pm you can hear about the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership and the work that has taken place over the past two and a half years.

Date: Monday 20 June 2016
Time: 9.20am - 3.30pm
Venue: Edinburgh

This Welfare Reform Conference comes at a critical time amidst considerable change taking place within the social security landscape in Scotland. This event provides you with a key policy update on the Scotland Bill and assesses the impact that new devolved powers will have, with key topics including Universal Credit and Personal Independance Payments.

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 - Shirley-Anne Somerville, MSP
Come along to find out what support is available for your organisation. 

Date: Friday 15 July 2016
Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm,
Venue: 5 High Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7DL

Circles Network Advocacy invites you to their open day at their Dunfermline office where they will be providing information on Advocacy. You can meet some of the staff and everyone is welcome to come along. R efreshments will be available.
Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
Time: TBC
Venue: Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

This is an exciting idea and a fun opportunity for your clients to promote themselves directly to employers. LinkLiving is working in partnership with OFP and Fife Voluntary Action to host a 'reverse jobs fair' where young people (16-24) are given the opportunity to showcase their skills and talents to interested employers. 

Stalls will be themed by skill set and the young people will also be helping to deliver and manage the event. If you would like to submit a team (or know an individual who would like to take part) then get in touch with Michael Fong on 07841 986421 or e-mail: Michael.Fong@linkliving.org.uk who is coordinating the event.  
Funding OpportunitiesFundingopps

Comic Relief are inviting applications from community-based organisations supporting women and families experiencing Maternal Mental Health issues. The application process is now open, with grants of up to £120,000 available for two to three years.
 
The deadline for applications is 12 o'clock on Wednesday 15 June 2016.
 
DRILL is a ground breaking UK-wide programme fully funded by a £5 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund. 
DRILL is the world's first research and pilot programme led by disabled people and their priorities. 
 
Applications are now invited for grants to carry out research and establish pilot projects on subjects reflecting the priorities of disabled people.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27 July 2016.

The Trust provides grants to registered charities for projects that address fuel poverty. Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £50,000.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 21 September 2016.

The Heritage Lottery Fund will reopen its Skills for the Future for applications on Friday 24 June 2016. Grants of between £100,000 to £750,000 will be available for projects that provide paid work-based training placements to meet a skills shortage in the heritage sector and help diversify the workforce.

The deadline for applications will be Thursday 29 September 2016. 

The Women's Fund invites not-for-profit groups in Scotland to apply for grants for projects that support women's development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality.

The 2016/17 deadlines for full applications for a large grant are 28 June 2016, 28 September 2016 and 06 January 2017. Any applications received after the deadline will automatically be entered for the next round.
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. 
Government Knowledge Training

There is a range of training seminars available from 'Government Knowledge'. There are courses available throughout the UK on a range of subjects. There is a cost to attend these courses.

Date: Friday 17 June 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.
 
Date: Monday 20 June 2016
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm,
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

The course will cover: What monitoring is, what evaluation is and the difference between the two and how to report these types of activity.

Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
Working in the Football Business

Raith Rovers offer a free eight week course for unemployed people or those working less than 16 hours a week.
To find out more click the title link.

Venture Trust provides personal development programmes to equip individuals with the confidence, motivation and core skills they need to progress in all aspects of life, learning and work. 

They work with people experiencing complicated or chaotic life circumstances who often present with challenging behaviours or multiple barriers to progression. Through one-to-one support in local communities and wilderness-based programmes we help them to make and sustain positive life changes.

To find out more contact:
murray@venturetrust.org.uk or katy@venturetrust.org.uk  
What's happening in FifeHappninginFife
 
Fife Chamber of Commerce has moved to appoint well known Kingdom accountant Peter Southcott as its new president.

Outgoing president John Silcock said he had enjoyed his two year tenure as president despite the many challenges the economy had faced in that period.
The APEX Labyrinth Project is due to end as of 30 June 2016.
 
They will continue to work closely with the 40 clients that they have at this time. There are a further 27 clients that they will be unable to assist. These customers will be informed and will be advised to contact the referring agent to discuss their options.
 
A Retail Academy initiative is improving employment opportunities in Fife by offering vital training and experience to local unemployed people. The initiative will deliver a range of training and support activities, it has so far helped 12 unemployed people find jobs in retail. South West Fife and Dunfermline areas have agreed to co-fund the initiative, which is supported by Fife Council's Fife Job Contract.
Fife is embracing Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the national strategy for strengthening links between businesses and education. This initiative, led by the private sector, not only helps develop young people, it also helps business by developing their future workforce and continuing to grow the Fife economy. Over 3,000 businesses in Fife are already engaged in getting people career-ready through Opportunities Fife and wider employability initiatives.
Other News
The latest phase of Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) has opened for applications. This year has seen some key changes to CJS including:
  • An increase in age criteria
  • Jobs will be focused on individuals who are most disadvantaged in the labour market

For more information including target groups jobs are targeted at click the title link.  


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Universal Credit Programme will be producing a series of externally published Technical Guides over the coming months to provide detailed information on the more complex areas of Universal Credit.

The first of these guides has now been published on GOV.UK and provides further detailed information on Tax Credits Debt in Universal Credit. From April 2016, HMRC customers who move from tax credits to Universal Credit may have any debt transferred to DWP to consider recovery from their on-going Universal Credit payments.

The guide can be found by searching Universal Credit Tax Credit Debt in Google or by clicking here.
 
Duncan Melville, Chief Economist at Learning and Work Institute, commented: "The labour market is moving in the wrong direction with employment barely up and unemployment rising over the quarter. The labour market has slowed, with employment showing only a modest increase and unemployment flat in the latest quarterly numbers.... The figures are unlikely, at this stage, to reflect any impact from the National Living Wage as they relate to the first quarter of 2016, before it came into force at the start of April."
Click the title link to access the latest statisitcs and to read more from Duncan Melville.
Click the title link to read a range of news from The Poverty Alliance, including:
  • Tracking the impact of welfare reform;
  • A new report highlighting how to address key failings to eradicate fuel poverty across the UK nations
  • A report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Desitution in the UK   
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

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