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  • Opportunities Fife Partnership - new employability services provision in Fife

    Created: 06/07/2023
    News/Events Category: Employability

    The Opportunities Fife Partnership (OFP) has commissioned a range of new provision on Fife’s Employability Pathway, using allocation from No One Left Behind (NOLB) and UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).  Projects will run between July 2023 and March 2025.

    The range of projects are as follows:


    UKSPF Intervention S31 - Employment support for economically inactive people

    • BRAG (Enterprises Fife ETC) – Delivering Employability support for Inactive Adults, building on the adult support commissioned through NOLB
    • FEAT (Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Service) - supporting those whose mental health is significant barrier to them accessing employment
    • SAMH (Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Service) – specialising in supporting those with addictions.


    UKSPF Intervention S33 - Enrichment & volunteering activities

    • FEAT (Employ Your Mind) – supporting volunteers with health and mental health issues through outdoor activities and horticulture, while supporting through learning cognitive remediation therapy CRT techniques.
    • Fife Voluntary Action (Volunteering Into Work) – Supporting those using volunteering to gain skills and qualifications to progress into employment
    • Fife Ecology Centre (Person Centred Employability Project) – supporting volunteers to learn forestry and green skills prior to progressing to a leadership qualification.


    UKSPF Intervention S36 - Local areas to fund local skills needs

    • Kingdom Works (Working for You) – Skills specific provision targeting specialist qualifications required to support clients into work.


    UKSPF Intervention S37 - Green skills courses

    • Rural Skills Scotland (Grounds for Growth) – Providing Green Skills Training and progression to employment in forestry and green skills roles.


    UKSPF Intervention S39 - Education & skills targeting the vulnerable leaving school

    • Fife Council Supported Employment Service (EASYP) – adding value to provision implemented through NOLB.  Targeted support for those 16-18 in danger of leaving school to a negative destination, or those that have fallen out of a first positive transition
    • Link Living (Step On) – Targeted support for young people in Kirkcaldy area, linked to social football activity


    NOLB – All Age Provision

    • BRAG Enterprises (Fife ETC) – Employability support for unemployed Adults with multiple barriers.
    • Fife Council Supported Employment Service (Positive Pathways) – Support for adults with health and disability issues to access employment
    • FEAT (Out to Work) – employability support for unemployed adults, including CRT and progression to IPS)
    • Fife Council Supported Employment Service (EASYP) - targeted support for those 16-18 in danger of leaving school to a negative destination, or those that have fallen out of a first positive transition
    • BRAG Enterprises (Brighter Futures) – Support for young people aged 19-24 who are disengaged from mainstream services
    • The Princes Trust (Start Something) – Industry specific training programmes and employability support.
    • The Venture Trust (Inspiring Futures) – outdoor engagement and confidence building to initiate the employability journey.
    • Fife International Forum (Pre-Academy) – Engagement and support for those from refugee and migrant communities.
    • Fife Council Employability (Fife Jobs Contract) – ERI programme offering progression into employment for clients from across the pathway


    NOLB - Tackling Child Poverty

    • Fife Gingerbread (Making it Work for Lone Parents) – Holistic service supporting lone parents in key mid-Fife geographies.
    • BRAG Enterprises (Families Square Start) – family service supporting those in North East, South West and Dunfermline.
    • Fife International Forum (Building Bridges) -Targeted support for refugee and migrant families to engage, skills planning and ESOL
    • Triage (Connecting Parents) – Support for parents and priority on woman returners to upskill and access employment.
    • The Venture Trust (Forward for Families) – early engagement with disadvantaged families, using outdoor activities to bring the family together ahead of progression
    • Fife Council Supported Employment Service (Breaking the Cycle) – Kirkcaldy specific project linked to cycling, promoting intergenerational learning and wellbeing

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