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Fife Employability Services Directory

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Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients

Various Vacancies, DWP, closing date 07 March 2017

Check out the latest vacancies on the Opportunities Fife Website 

Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Funding Opportunities
Closing Date 16 March 2017
Closing Date 07 April 2017
Closing Dates - click here for info
Applications will be accepted at any time
TopFebruary 2017
Welcome to the February edition of our Employability e-bulletin.
It has been a busy month for the employability team at FVA. We have been working closely with partners around the devolution of employment services to Scotland and what that means for Fife.
The Scottish Government has announced the geographical 'Lots' for devolved employability services. More info here
We were delighted to welcome 70 delegates to the Joint Employability, Health and Social Care Forum. Feedback has been highly positive and we're glad many of you found attending useful and valuable. Of note from the Forum:
Make sure to check out the employability courses  section to see if there is anything relevant coming up for your clients.
Funding opportunities are now all listed in the left hand column - we are always posting new things so keep checking this and our website!

Finally Timpson is offering a free dry cleaning for interviews! Check it out for your clients and share the news. 
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 Monday 27 February 2017.

All the best,
The FVA Employability Team
Fife Employability ForumFEF17
Fife's Joint Employability, Health and Social Care Forum
We're delighted that 70 delegates attended this event which brought together a range of speakers to explore the links between employment and health outcomes. 

Watch this space for further information from this event and for details of our May Employability Forum.
Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary
"I, Daniel Blake" film screening, Lochgelly

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Venue:  Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9RD

The People's Assembly are screening the acclaimed film I, Daniel Blake. Admission is free, but they are asking people to bring a donation for the local foodbanks.
Save the Date: Board and Senior Manager Training on Payment By Results
Date: Thursday 02 March 2017
Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: TBC

Fife Voluntary Action are working with Social Firms Scotland to organise a training session on 'budgeting and financial governance for Outcome-based Payment Methods'. The event will be delivered in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and Social Investment Scotland with 'real life' input from the Cyrenians.

A formal invitation will be sent out in the next week but broadly the event will provide a high level overview of the following:

  • The commissioning landscape and why we need to pay attention to Outcome-based Payments (OBP);
  • The role of third sector Boards in financial governance;
  • Assessing a contract/opportunity to see if it is viable and balance the risks and opportunities;
  • Understanding the different risks associated with being a 'lead' or a 'sub-contractor';
  • Forecasting and monitoring cashflow and applying 'sensitivity analysis'; and
  • Finally, the insider view from the Cyrenians on the opportunities and risks associated with OBP.
Please pass this save the date to your Boards. OBP is going to be an increasing reality for any organisation working in the realm of employability and we need to get better at understanding the opportunities and risks it presents.

Date: Wednesday 08 March 2017
Time: 10.00am-4.00pm
Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

This year's programme is one of the most exciting yet with speakers and facilitators from across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Spain. 

To find out more or to book your place click the title link.
Date: Tuesday 21 March 2017
Time: TBC
Venue: The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ

This 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 social enterprises forward. Exhibition spaces at the event are also available to book.
Date: Friday 1 May 2017
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1 RD

2017 will see new child poverty and social security bills coming before the Scottish Parliament - which will have huge significance for all those advising and supporting families.
At the same time the roll out of universal credit and the introduction of a 'two child limit' for key benefits are among UK Government reforms that are radically changing the nature of social security.

CPAG in Scotland's Welfare Rights 2017 conference will give delegates an opportunity to hear from political leaders, welfare rights experts and academics about the latest developments and the implications for their work.

Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Time: 9:15am - 3:30pm
Venue: Edinburgh

Co-production is the process of utilising organisations, groups and individuals' skills, lived and professional experience to develop better services.
This event will explore how can we draw on the knowledge, ability and resources of service providers and the people who use services to improve outcomes.
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.
Poverty Awareness Training - Supporting Hard Up Households

The training programme contains a range of courses and e-learning opportunities that will be useful and relevant to anyone working with individuals and families in Fife who are struggling to make ends meet.
Just Enterprise Workshops

Just Enterprise have a number of Business Workshops coming up:

Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Time:  9:30am-4:00pm
Venue: CVS Falkirk, Unit 6 The Court Yard, Callendar Business Park, Callendar Road, Falkirk, FK1 1XR

Just Enterprise finance training courses have been developed to significantly increase the ability of boards and practitioners to make valued and informed decisions relating to the financial management of third sector organisations. 

Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time:  9:30am-4:00pm
Venue: BRAG Enterprises, Crosshill Business Centre, Main Street, Crosshill, Lochgelly, KY5 8BJ

This introductory business planning workshop covers the stages involved in developing a business plan, as well as the tools and techniques that can be used to gather and assess information. The session will be fully interactive allowing participants to share knowledge, experience and ideas.
Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers
Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time:  9:30am-4:30pm
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

This course aims to develop and share good practice in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing, thereby contributing to a more open workplace culture.
The next round of FVA training for volunteer managers

PVG Training Session, 16 March, Glenrothes
Course 1 - Volunteer involvement, getting started, 21 March, Kirkcaldy
Course 2 - Effective volunteer recruitment, 05 April, Glenrothes
Course 3 - Supporting your Volunteers, 20 April, Cupar
Course 4 - Fair and equal volunteering, 09 May, Glenrothes
Course 5 - Introduction to managing risk in your volunteer programme, 25 May, Kirkcaldy

Click the title to any of the courses above to find out more or to book your place.   
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
Greener Kirkcaldy and CLD - Garden and Grow, Linktown and Invertiel
Start Date: Wednesday 22 February 2017
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Philp Hall , Linktown and Invertiel
Application Deadline Date: Monday 20 February 2017

Learn new skills to grow your own plants, fruit and vegetables in any growing space. Tools provided.

For more information contact Ruth Patterson on 01592 583 475.
Date: Wednesday 01 March 2017
Time: TBC
Venue: Cosmos Community Centre, Abbey Walk, St Andrews, KY16 9LB

This event is being organised by Fife Council - Community Based Learning. Spaces are limited, so this event must be booked prior to attending.
BRAG will run their employability course on the  following  dates:

27 February 2017 - 24 March 2017

The 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: 14 and 16 March 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 recruiting for two other employability courses just now:

Bitesize Worktries

Start Date: Monday 06 March 2017
Time: Full Time Mon-Thu 9:00am - 4:30 pm, Fri 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Venue: WFE, Forthview Learning Centre, Newmills, KY12 8TL

This course can be full time or part time - work towards gaining a variety of accredited qualifications including;
*PC Passport
*Communications in Administration - Level 4
A weekly training allowance is available and help with travel costs - free transport is accessible in some areas.

Contact Details: Sandra Beveridge - 01383 881364
Find a Job Keep a Job
Start Date: Monday 06 March 2017
Time: Full Time Mon-Thu 9:00am - 4:30 pm, Fri 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Part Time two full days Mon-Thu
Venue: WFE, Forthview Learning Centre, Newmills, KY12 8TL

This course can be full time or part time - work towards employability awards and gain valuable work experience with local employers through work placements/trials.
A weekly training allowance is available and help with travel costs - free transport is accessible in some areas.

Contact Details: Sandra Beveridge - 01383 881364
South West Fife CLD Youth Work team - Fife Council Activity Agreement

Start Date: Rolling Programme - Term Time
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00am-3:00pm.
Venue: Camdean Community Centre, Primrose Lane, Rosyth

Activity Agreement is for young people age 16-19yrs who have no positive destination - work or college.  The programme supports participants to identify where they need to strengthen to help moving on to college, training or work. The programme covers personal development; ABE support; CV building; opportunity to complete Youth Achievement Award (Nat4).
For further details contact Corinne McGinley - or 03451 555 555 ext 492399.
What's happening in FifeHappninginFife
Fife Mental Health Target  Launched at Joint ForumMentalHealthTarget

At the FVA Joint Employability, Health and Social Care Forum on Wednesday 08 February, Robin Presswood launched an ambitious target to "Work with NHS Fife, The Fife Health & Social Care Partnership and Scottish Government to double the number of positive outcomes for people claiming benefits due to mental health issues."

These targets feature in Fife's Economic Strategy 2017-27
Looking for affordable room hire?

Then look no further than Fife Voluntary Action.

We offer quality, affordable meeting, training and interview space at our offices throughout Fife. Contact us to discuss prices for our rooms in Cupar, Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy.

Want to find out more?
Call: 0800 389 6046

Timpson are offering a free outfit cleaning for anyone unemployed who is heading to a job interview, they have this service available at three locations in Fife: St Andrews, Dunfermline and inside Morrison's in Glenrothes.

You don't need a voucher to receive this support just pop into your local Timpson and have a chat with one of their staff who will make sure that you're off to a genuine interview. So long as the items you bring in are for a genuine job interview they'll help you on your way.

When: 9.30am-12.30pm , Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks
Where: Leven Centre, Commercial Road, Leven, KY8 4QW

Through a mild form of therapy and peer support Curnie Clubs encourage club members to take their place back in society.  This service is very person centred and the club members are helped to regain confidence and self esteem making building a new more positive future very achievable by just taking one step at a time.

To find out more contact Donald or Alison on:
Telephone: 07748 631 417 or 07748 631 648

Each month Fife Carers Centre (FCC) hold a briefing for workers and people interested in supporting carers.

The briefings aim to help those who come along understand more about carers in Fife and how FCC can help them to support the carers they come in to contact with in the course of their own work.  It also offers an opportunity to network with other workers attending the briefing, something attendees have often found useful in the past.

Further information can be found through title link.

The team at FVA often meet people in the course of their work (and outside of it) who are volunteering or who have volunteered in the past.

We love hearing about your experiences of volunteering!  All sorts of things can happen when we are doing something we enjoy and feel valued for our time and contribution.

To share your story please get in touch by e -mailing with the subject 'Volunteering Story'. Or you can call us on 0800 389 6046 or text VOL to 60777 and we will call you back. 
Other News
Areas announced for Devolved Employability ServicesDevEmpSer
The Scottish Government has announced the final 'lots' for the devolved employability services:

1 - Glasgow
2 - North and South Lanarkshire
3 - Angus, Dundee City and Perth and Kinross
4 - Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire
5 - City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish     Borders, West Lothian, Fife
6 - North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway
7 - Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
8 - Argyll and Bute, Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands
9 - East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF): Survey of third sector and community organisations
The Scottish Government has redesigned the ESIF programmes for 2014-20 to reflect the national performance framework and to align more closely with the aims of the European Union's ten-year Jobs and Growth Strategy 2020.
In practice this means that the Scottish Government now deals directly with fewer organisations, which are known as 'Lead Partners'. Third sector and community organisations now apply to Lead Partners for project funding. 

They are asking for your experience of seeking funding through these new arrangements, so that they can assess their effectiveness.

Click the title link for their short survey, which should take less than ten minutes to complete. they would be grateful if you could complete the survey by the end of the day on Friday 24 February.

In addition, The National Third Sector Employability Forum have been asked to participate in the review and be represented on the Structural Funds Review Steering Group. If members have any issues they want raised through the review they can find more information by clicking here.

Lack of clarity on support available prevents employers from recruiting and retaining disabled staff, says a new report from the national charity Action on Hearing Loss.

A YouGov poll conducted for the charity looked into employers' attitudes to hearing loss demonstrated a lack of confidence amongst businesses when hiring people with hearing loss. It also highlighted a perceived lack of information and advice on supporting people with disabilities in the workplace.

There are two hearing employability specialists working in Fife, these are Deaf Action which can be found on page 34 of the Fife Employability Directory and Action On Hearing loss, contact Jessica Tainsh for more information on

Inclusive growth is a major issue in the UK and internationally. The JRF research reviews evidence from international cities that have implemented an inclusive growth agenda to ensure that economic prosperity in their region benefits all.

Equate Scotland is working with Skills Development Scotland and Scotland IS to create a good practice guide on women in Digital Technology for employers across the sector. The guide will be accompanied by a series of webinars to support employers in implementing ambitious and tailored initiatives that will help them recruit and retain more women in the industry.

Currently, only 16% of students pursuing computing degrees at university are women and only 18% of employees in digital technology are women. To ensure not only equality, but the continued economic growth of the sector, we need more women to work in ICT.

Universal Credit payments in Scotland are to become more frequent and adaptable, as new social security powers are set to be used by the Scottish Government.

Tenants will have the choice of having the housing element of Universal Credit payments made directly to landlords and, in a new move, Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman has announced this new flexibility will be available for tenants in the private rented sector as well as those in social housing.
There is a limit on the total amount of benefits that most people aged 16 to 64 can claim. This limit is called the benefit cap.

In November 2016, the UK Government reduced the benefit cap, limiting the maximum amount of benefits any individual or family can claim.

With all the changes that the UK Government is making to the benefit system, it's important to know what's happening, how it will affect people and how you can help them.

Further information can be found through the title link.

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.
Community Jobs Scotland (CJS) is celebrating having placed 7,500 unemployed and vulnerable young people into paid job training opportunities.
Positive News for Employment and Economy Growth
Youth unemployment decreased by 3.6 percentage points over the last year to 9.4%, the lowest youth unemployment rate since the series began, and below the UK. Scotland now has the second lowest youth unemployment rate in the EU. Further information can be found here.

Scottish GDP grew by 0.2% during the third quarter of 2016, according to statistics announced by Scotland's Chief Statistician. The latest Gross Domestic Product release, covering the period July to September 2016, shows that total output in the economy grew by 0.2% compared to the previous three months. On an annual basis, compared to the third quarter of 2015, Scottish GDP grew by 0.7%. Further information can be found here.

Further Labour Market figures can be accessed via the 'Labour Market LIVE from Learning and Work Insitute' by clicking here.
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.