In this issue
Job opportunitiesJobOpps
for you and your clients
Third sector vacancies here in Fife. 
Finance Officer, Fife Voluntary Action, closing date 07.07.16
Capacity Building Officer, Fife Voluntary Action, closing date 07.07.16
Mentors in Work Co-ordinator, Fife Voluntary Action, closing date 07.07.16
Junior Hairdresser Envy Hair & Beauty, closing date 15.07.16
Tele-Handler Operator, Robertson Partnership Homes, closing date 19.07.16
Guide/Communicator Fife, Deafblind Scotland, open recruitment date
PCV Driver/Trainee PCV Driver, Stagecoach, open recruitment date
 
So, we find ourselves in momentous times indeed. Who knows how things will evolve in the coming months but for now there is plenty to be getting our teeth into in Fife.

We have updates from both the  Scottish Government and more locally Cllr Tony Martin on the impacts of the vote on 23 June.

There is a ' Know Your Network' event on 24 August, plenty of funding opportunities to look at (we might be needing those alternative sources of funding soon), three job vacancies at Fife Voluntary Action (check them out in the left panel) and the new Dynamic Purchasing System from DWP.

In the meantime we hope everyone has holidays to look forward to over the coming summer months. Christine has enjoyed her break already - but Pegs will be away for most of July (visiting our friends in Europe). But don't worry she'll be back in time for Know Your Network 2016 - more details below!

The deadline for content to include in the next e-bulletin is Friday 29 July 2016. 

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

Click here to read the note of the May Fife Employability Forum.

And don't forget to save the date of the next Fife Employability Forum:

Date: Wednesday 23 November 2016
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm (9.00am registration)
Venue: TBC
Dates for Your DiaryDatesDiary
Know Your Network 2016 - Save the Date KYN16

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016
Time: You can book for the morning, afternoon or all day
Venue: The Bay Hotel, Kinghorn

Once again participants will:
  • Hear first-hand from a wide range of service providers;
  • Browse a market place of employability provision;
  • Input to discussions on key issues for the sector in Fife.
With over 200 people attending over the day this is once again the employability event that you don't want to miss!

Date: 07 and 08 September 2016
Venue: 200 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow 
Theme: Better Outcomes from Integration and Alignment 

This convention brings you essential policy updates, big picture thinking and examples of excellent practice from within Scotland and beyond. 
Devolution of DWP programmes will allow the creation of a more integrated system, and this convention, in the middle of the consultation period, offers the opportunity to contribute to shaping that future. 

Dates for 2016 - 09 September, 07 October, 07 November, and 09 December.

Recruit with Conviction in partnership with Glasgow Community Justice Authority are delighted to announce the latest dates of development seminars for employers and client-facing services working with people with convictions.

These seminars have been fully funded by Glasgow CJA and are intended to support the increased recruitment and retention of employees who have previously been involved in criminal justice.
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. 
Funding OpportunitiesFundingopps
Funding for people with additional support needs to access Employability Fund provision

Skills Development Scotland have a pot of funding to help people with additional support needs to access Employability Fund provision. This is designed to echo Access to Work but for pre-employment courses. For examples of what the Access Fund will support and information on how to apply click the links below:
The Fair Food Transformation Fund

The Fair Food Transformation Fund aims to help Scotland become a 'Good Food Nation' - a country where everyone has access to healthy, nutritious food without needing emergency food aid.  The Fund will support projects that give a dignified response to food poverty and help to move away from emergency food aid as the first response. 

Closing date - Monday 18 July 2016
Comic Relief Core Strength

Comic Relief want to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across the UK. That's why, for the first time ever, they've developed this programme to solely fund organisational costs (rather than financing the delivery of a specific project).

In total, £4 million will be invested through this initiative with approximately 100 organisations receiving grants for core funding across the UK. Find out more via the title link. 

Closing date - Wednesday 27 July 2016
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.

Closing dates for 2016 are 17 August and 23 November.
Small Sparks - small grants fund

Small Sparks is a small grants programme (up to £250) that helps people to do new and exciting things in their community.
People have great ideas and mostly they don't cost very much money. They just need a little spark, a little support and then - stand well back!
Training and Learning Opportunities
Dyslexia Awareness Training

Date: Friday 22 July 2016
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

Dyslexia Pathways CIC is working in partnership with Healthy Working Lives Fife to deliver 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: Thursday 28 July 2016
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes

This course is aimed at people handling food and will make them aware of how to keep food and kitchens safe. To find out more about the course or to book your place click the title link. 
Safer Lone Working Fife Workshop

Date: Thursday 18 August
Time: 9.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Fife Voluntary Action, Craig Mitchell House, Flemington Road, Glenrothes, KY7 5QF

This popular partnership workshop will explore the issues of 'Safer Lone Working' and 'Personal Safety at Work'. Through exploration of proactive, practical strategies, help individuals and organisations to reduce their specific risks and improve the safety of their staff.
Employability CoursesEmpSkillsCourses
Six Week Rural Skills Course, Silverburn Park

Date: Tuesday 26 July 2016
Venue: Silverburn Park, Leven

Fife Works in partnership with Fife ETC and the Fife Rural Skills Partnership are running a Rural Skills Training / Work Experience Programme. The course will be delivered over 15 hours per week and will start on Tuesday 26 July 2016. The course programme can be accessed here

The programme is aimed at unemployed 16 - 24 year olds who live in Fife, and who are ultimately seeking employment in the Rural Skills Sector. Participants will receive all Personal Protective Equipment and travel expenses will be paid, packed lunches will be need to be taken by the participants.
Update on Smart Living's Step On Programme

The Monday girls' group encourages girls to come together to plan events they would like to do.
The Tuesday group for boys is starting to take off with the group starting work on an employability website.
On Wednesday afternoon's Michael is in the progress of organising a fitness afternoon and  Thursday is the social cafe day.

LinkLiving are always looking for recruits for these various activities so get in touch with Michael Fong for more information. 
Telephone: 01592 644119 or 07841986421
What's happening in FifeHappninginFife
Update on ESIF 2014-2020 in response to EU Referendum result
CllrMartinEUUpdate
At the referendum that took place on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. 

Councillor Tony Martin, Chair of the Opportunities Fife Partnership board has written to partners to reassure them about the employability programmes they deliver through Fife's Employability Pathway. Click the title link to read this address. 
Improving the Engagement of Fathers and Male Carers in Fife 

Improving Fathers' Engagement Partnership are delighted to share the 'Where's Dad?' evaluation report. The report offers an insight into the partnerships achievements and legacy to date.
Other News
Update on the EU Referendum from Employability in ScotlandEUScotGovUpdate

An update on the recent Referendum result for the UK to leave the EU can be found in the latest edition of the Employability in Scotland e-bulletin. The Employability Team within the Scottish Government remain committed to engaging and communicating with its stakeholders as the situation develops and will continue to provide updates through their e-bulletin as they become available. 

Click the title link to access this e-bulletin and to read the latest updates on the devolution of employability services. 
Dynamic Purchasing System to roll out across UK DPSDWP

A Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) was recently trialed through a Proof of Concept (PoC) in Jobcentre Plus Central England Group to test a new way of delivering local provision. 
Following this success DWP now plans to roll out the DPS approach on a national basis via a new IT platform. This service will build on the lessons learned from their experience in Central England with the intention of introducing it to all DWP Groups between summer and autumn of this year.
30,000 Scots job vacancies 'lack qualified staff to fill them'

Scotland's economic performance is weaker than the rest of the UK with a lack of able candidates to fill tens of thousands of skilled job vacancies, a new report reveals. Scots workers also face the lowest rates of career progression in the UK, the report by the IPPR think-tank finds. It is now calling for major reform of the country's skills system as part of a drive to increase productivity and tackle in-work poverty.
Support to help women back into workplace

A project to help bring experienced women back into the workplace after a career break is to be trialed in Scotland, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The Scottish Government will work with employers across the country to pilot a 'Returners' project which will help women update skills and knowledge. The project will smooth the transition back into the workplace for both women and employers.
Citizens Advice Scotland information on Welfare Reform

Click here to read a briefing for MPs on 'The Benefit Sanctions Regime (Entitlement to Hardship Payments) Bill'.  This bill is a Private Members' Bill introduced by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP. It would ensure that hardship payments are available to claimants who have had their benefit sanctioned from day one of a sanction period, and that such payments would be made automatically.

Click here to access a large number of CAS reports on various aspects of welfare reform. 
Research highlights how benefit sanctions are affecting those with mental health issues

Click here to read about how an analysis carried out for Salford City Council highlights the devastating effects of benefit sanctions on the local community. 

Click here to see how using data, surveys and interviews collected over the course of the past year, this south London charity's study explains how jobcentre culture, welfare cuts and benefit delays help drive people to food banks.

The reports are part of an ongoing programme being led by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York. 
Labour market LIVE from Learning and Work Institute, June 2016

Click the title link to read the latest updates on the labour market from the Learning and Work Institute. 
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.