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  • Poverty is an issue in many parts of Fife, as it is across Scotland. One of the key ways of alleviating poverty is for people to have and sustain a well-paid job. Helping people to becoming employable, to avoid under-employment and stay in work has to be a priority for all public service agencies in Fife, including the third sector.

    Fife's third sector makes a key contribution to helping people into employment, particularly those that are further away from the job market. The third sector is also an employer in its own right.

    Fife Voluntary Action, as a member of the Opportunities Fife Partnership, has developed work in several key areas to build capacity in the third sector, ensuring it is given the opportunities and support to contribute as fully as possible to improving employability outcomes for the people of Fife.

    If you would like to find out how we can help your organisation please contact us directly - details are at the bottom of this page.

    FVA's employability team produces a bi-annual report which maps third sector employability provision in the area, identifying key challenges and trends to support organisations and strategic partners in the design and planning of future delivery. The reports can be downloaded here:
      - Working for Fife 2018
      - Working for Fife 2015
      - Working for Fife 2013

    We also produce and maintain a comprehensive list of Fife's Employability Services, available to browse online or download (20Mb PDF file).

    In addition to this, the team is involved in a range of activities including:
    Publishing a monthly employability e-bulletin which shares local and national news on employability (click here to sign up for the bulletin);
    Coordinating the quarterly Fife Employability Forum and the Third Sector Employability Conversation (dates for these sessions are published in our employability e-bulletins);
    Designing and facilitating 'Know Your Network', the annual partnership employability gathering for Fife;
    Co-ordinating training opportunities in consultation with the sector;
    Supporting partnership working in Fife including Fife Employment & Training Consortium, Fife Rural Skills Partnership and Making it Work for Families;
    Supporting people who are interested in volunteering as a stepping stone into employment;
    Representing the third sector and contributing to strategic planning on the Opportunities Fife Partnership (OFP) Board, associated OFP Delivery Groups and other relevant partnerships as required;
    Chairing the OFP Health & Disability Delivery Group;
    Providing 1:1 advice sessions to third sector organisations interested in developing or expanding their employability provision in Fife;
    Contributing, as partners, to the third sector consortium of employability providers: Fife Employability and Training Consortium.

    Delivering Differently
    In 2017 the team also took on the lead for the Delivering Differently Programme for Fife: a strategic implementation review which reports to the Fife Health & Social Care Partnership and Opportunities Fife Partnership. It considers how to challenge stigma and improve outcomes for people with mental health problems in the area.

    This work is led by our Employability Development Team: Pegs Bailey, Clare Duncan, Jilly Guild and Ewan McLeod.

This page was last updated on 18 November 2020.
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