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Fife Employability Services Directory

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Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients
Electrician, Heating 4U Ltd , closing date 25/01/2017

Marketing and Fundraising Manager - The Ecology Centre

Closing Date 06/02/2017 

Admin Assistant - Glendale Alarms and Security Systems Ltd

Closing Date 06/02/2017

M&E Clerk of Works, Bright Green Hydrogen, closing date 10/02/2017

Various Vacancies, DWP, closing date 07/03/2017

Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Funding Opportunities
Digital Participation Charter Funding
Closing Date 12/01/2017
Kirkcaldy Community Resilience Fund
Closing Date 19/01/2017
Closing Date 20/01/2017
Applications will be accepted at any time
TopJanuary 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to our first Employability e-bulletin of 2017. 

We have a host of training opportunities on our website with a few key courses highlighted below. There are also  plenty of employability courses to start the year.

The first Employability Forum of 2017 will be held jointly with our third sector Health and Social Care Forum - this Forum will showcase the links between health and employability along with exploring how we can work differently together. Find out more and book your place below

If you haven't done so yet, make sure you book your place for one of the Work Capability Assessment Workshops taking place on Tuesday 24 January. 

The Scottish Government has announced details of Work Able Scotland and Work First Scotland which will provide the 12 month transitional arrangements ahead of a full Scottish programme of employment support in April 2018. Click on the link to find out who will be delivering in Fife. 

Consultation on the full programme is now closed, but we are expecting commissioning to begin in March 2017. If any third sector partners are interested in finding out more please get in touch with Pegs or Christine directly.

Scottish Government also launched their ten year Social Enterprise Strategy just before Christmas.

There is still time to respond to the UK Government's consultation on employability, health and disabilities. 

Finally, if you didn't know it already, we are pleased to see that recent research by Oxfam reinforces our belief that experience of volunteering makes a difference when you are looking for work.

As always make sure to let us know details of your courses for 2017 by sending details to David MacPhail so we can include these in the February e-bulletin. 

The deadline for content to include in the next e-bulletin is Friday 27 January 2017.

All the best,
The FVA Employability Team
Fife Employability ForumFEF17
Fife's Joint Employability, Health and Social Care Forum
Date: Wednesday 08 February 2017
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm (registrations starts at 9.00am)
Venue: Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

This Forum will bring together our Fife Employability Forum and our Third Sector Health and Social Care Forum.

We will explore the links between health and employability along with ways that we can work differently. 

Come along to:
  • Hear from Francis Stuart, Research and Policy Adviser, Oxfam Scotland who will share learning from the excellent Decent Work for Scotland's Low Paid Workers Report; 
  • Build awareness of the relationship between Health Inequalities and work with Fife's Health and Wellbeing Alliance;
  • Hear from Adrian Martin, DWP on the UK Governments Consultation on Employability, Health and Disabilities;
  • Get the latest on Fife's mental health and employability targets; and
  • Explore how we can think and work differently together and what this could look like.
Book your place at this joint Forum by clicking here. 

For those that missed it a note of November's Employability Forum can be found by clicking here.
Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary
Fife Collaborative Community Justice Event

Date: Monday 27 February 2017
Time: 9.30am - 1.30pm
Venue: Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, Ajax Way, Methil Docks Business Park, Methil, KY8 3RS

This event is an excellent opportunity for the third sector to come together with the statutory partners in Fife to discuss how the new community justice arrangements will function and how the third sector can be involved in that process for the future.
Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017
Time: TBC
Venue: The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ

This dynamic and exciting one day event is a marketplace of over 80 exhibitors and a diverse mix of 600 delegates - with many opportunities for trading, learning and making new business connections - helping take Scotland's brilliant social enterprises forward. Exhibition spaces at the event are also available to book!
Training and Learning Opportunities   Trainingandlearning
A number of Training and Learning Opportunities can be found on the FVA website

We have highlighted some key ones that we think may be of interest below.
Work Capability Assessments  WorkCapabilityAssessment
Date: Tuesday 24 January 2017
Time:  9:30am-11:00am  Book Here
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm  Book Here
Venue: Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

We're delighted to announce two workshops on understanding Work Capability Assessments to be delivered by DWP. 

This will outline what the Work Capability Assessment involves and how to appeal against a decision. 
Book your place by clicking the link above next to your preferred time.  
Date: Tuesday 07 February 2017
Time:  9:30am-4:30pm
Venue: The Bay Hotel, Pettycur Bay, Burntisland Road, Kinghorn KY3 9YE

This course has been designed for frontline staff who require an understanding of the nature of poverty in Fife and changes to the welfare system and how they will affect people in Fife. The training should help staff provide initial advice and referral to specialist support services.
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
The Richmond Fellowship Scotland - Recruitment Open Day

Date: Monday 16 January 2017
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Rothes Halls, Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes.

They are looking for enthusiastic and open minded people to become support practitioners within their varied and interesting services. They have full time, part time, waking night shift and sessional staff positions available. 

All positions are subject to PVG checks and satisfactory references being obtained. The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  For more information please contact Frieda Watson .

Date: Tuesday 17 January 2017
Time: 2.00 - 4.30pm
Venue: Kirkcaldy Careers Centre, 43-45 Whytescauseway, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XF

This event is for all of the partner organisations that SDS work with in the local area and is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to meet their team and find out about the range of services they provide.

Full details can be found via the title link. 
BRAG will run their employability course on the  following  dates:

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.
West Fife Enterprise - Employability Courses

West Fife Enterprise run their CSCS Course on the second Tuesday and Thursday of each month, the dates for their next course are provided below:

Date: 17 and 19 January 2017
          14 and 16 February 2017

Further details of this course can be found via the title link or by contacting  Donna Tucker at West Fife Enterprise on 01383 881364.

West Fife Enterprise are also offering a number of other employability courses for people struggling to find work:

Next Intro Day - 25th January
Start Date for IT courses - 6th February
Start Date for next Craft course - 27th February

Information on how to get in touch to book your place on any of these courses can be found here.
                                                                                        A pex are offering CSCS training for anyone looking to start a career in the construction sector. Detailed information about CSCS training, along with contact information, can be found here .
DEAP have some training courses available for people looking to work in either the construction trades or care sector. Both courses are fully funded through ILA for those eligible.
What's happening in FifeHappninginFife

Opportunities Fife would like to remind employers that there is funding available via the Fife Job Contract, funded by Fife Council, that could help support someone to work. The funding available can help support training and wages.

Opportunities Fife have supplied contact information for anyone looking for more information about the Fife Job Contract.

Fife's Community Planning Partnership has restated its commitment to do things differently to create a Fairer Fife by 2030.

The Partnership Board has heard about the progress so far in taking forward the recommendations of the Fairer Fife Commission and called on communities, businesses and individuals across Fife to join them, take the pledge, and work together to create a Kingdom that is more equal for everyone.

Fife Employment Access Trust have reached the final shortlist of the prestigious GlaxoSmithKline Impact Awards.

The awards are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King's Fund.

The Fife Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Board thanked its outgoing Chair, Mark Goldsmith, who stepped down from the role as Chair last week, as he takes on a new, exciting opportunity within his own organisation.
Mark, who has been an active member of the DYW Board since it was established last year has been fundamental in the design and implementation of the strategy, structure and delivery, attending national DYW lead meetings and various business events to promote the cause and attract further business engagement.

Clued-Up have shared one of their many success stories with us, helping a man who was suffering from depression and substance use secure full-time employment as well as his own tenancy.
Other News

The UK Government launched a national consultation on work and health on 31 October 2016. They want health professionals and service users to help them identify the best ways in which they can transform the employment and health support systems in order to get to a position where individuals are able to access the right services, at the right time, personalised to their circumstances.

The deadline for feedback on this consultation is Friday 17 February 2017.
Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) help SDS plan their investment in individuals and with businesses. And, they support the Scottish Funding Council and other partners to plan strategic investment in skills.

RSAs were first launched in 2014 and this is the third iteration of RSAs. SDS worked in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group to develop and launch them. RSAs aim is to provide a coherent evidence base on which to base future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets.

Scotland's first ever dedicated, long-term, Social Enterprise Strategy has been published and includes a number of steps aimed at growing a sector and driving inclusive growth over the next decade.

The sector in Scotland is seen as a world leader thanks to sustained investment and support for social enterprises, which trade for the common good and work to strengthen communities, improve people's life chances or protect the environment.

Scotland's share of funding from the UK Government's apprenticeship levy will support a range of employment measures including the delivery of 30,000 Modern Apprenticeship starts per year by 2020 and the establishment of a new fund to help employers up-skill and re-skill their workforce.

The levy will be used to support the creation of a new £10 million Workforce Development Fund which will help employers work in partnership with colleges to up-skill their existing workforce and address skills gaps. The Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board will play a key role in shaping this new fund. 

New changes to Modern Apprenticeships will provide more flexibility for employers, including those in the public sector, while also widening access for rural communities, people with disabilities and experience of care. Changes will come into effect for providers delivering Modern Apprenticeships in 2017-18.

COSLA have issued an update on Welfare Reform including on key issues with Universal Credit, Universal Credit and Scottish Flexibilities and The Scottish Welfare Fund.

Further information as well a how to read the report in full can be found through the title link.
Research shows Volunteers are more appealing to Employers  VolunteeringGood
Whilst volunteers give their time, energy and commitment for lots of different reasons, FVA and volunteer-involving organisations have known for a long time that one of the many benefits of volunteering is an increased likelihood of gaining employment. 

New research by Oxfam now confirms this by showing that around 80% of employers would hire someone with volunteering experience over someone with similar skills that has no volunteering experience. 

Volunteer Scotland Disclosure Services have some useful news and updates for organisations that use PVG.

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, has announced a review of the PVG scheme. Here are some of the issues involved:
  • Storage of Certificates;
  • Existing Member Application Forms;
  • Quality Returns and Reasons Why;
  • Signatories.

This latest annual report from the New Policy Institute, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, brings together the most recent data to present a comprehensive picture of poverty in the UK.

The report shows that In 2014/15, there were 13.5 million people living in low-income households, 21% of the UK population. This proportion has barely changed since 2002/03.

The number of households accepted as homeless and the number of households in temporary accommodation have both increased for five years in a row. Evictions by landlords are near a ten-year high.

Instead of a decision letter being sent after five days and a sanction being applied with immediate effect, during the trial a letter was sent that notified the claimant that a sanction would be imposed within 14 days, unless the claimant provided evidence (or further evidence) that demonstrated a good reason for not meeting the conditions of benefit entitlement.

The key interim findings of the trial were:
  • 87% of those receiving the Sanctions Warning Letter (SWL) made no response during the additional 14 days provided.
  • 13% did respond and provided evidence: in around half of these cases the evidence provided did not provide a good reason for the Decision Maker to change their decision and sanctions were applied.
To read the full report and findings click the title link.

New independent research from The Prince's Trust supported by Samsung and carried out by The London School of Economics and Political Science, highlights that the most disadvantaged young people in Britain are getting digitally left behind.
New Powers on Employability for the New YearScotDevolutionEMP
Part of Scotland's new devolved employability services, the £5 million Work Able Scotland programme will support up to 1,500 people with health conditions into work and will be delivered locally by Progress Scotland, The Wise Group and Remploy.

Fife's 'Contract Package Area' consists of Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside and The Wise Group will lead on this delivery. 

The initial one-year contract, which will be managed by Skills Development Scotland, will come into effect from April 2017 and provide continuity of support for those who need it most. 

This follows the award of £14 million Work First Scotland programme to The Shaw Trust, Momentum Scotland and Remploy to support up to 3,300 people with disabilities into work.

Work Able Scotland and Work First Scotland will provide the 12 month transitional arrangements ahead of a full Scottish programme of employment support in April 2018.

Employability in Scotland last month launched the December 2016 edition of their e-bulletin. The bulletin can be accessed in full via 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.