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No One Left Behind

  • The Scottish Government and Fife Council want to create an employability system that is more flexible, joined-up and responsive to the needs of people using services, as well as better able to adapt to the ever-changing socail and economic context in which we all live and work


    No One Left Behind is a new way of working with this in mind. The most important part of the planning and design process is people.


    The challenge is knowing what matters to people when deciding what is important to fund, balancing competing views.


    Over the summer we listened to hundreds of different people to better understand the best way to use the money available and to improve how services work together.


    The key findings from these Conversations are summarised here.


    What is happening now?

    Based on the Conversation findings, the Fife No One Left Behind (NOLB) Commissioning Framework 2021/22 was published in December 2020. Bids received were assessed by both a panel of lived experience volunteers, and by a formal NOLB Assessment Panel with representation from the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Development Scotland and Fife Council Area Management.


    The following providers were successful in receiving funding. Services are active from 01 May 2021.

    Provider Project name Project aim
    Fife ETC Spring Forward Person-centred delivery with seven specialist partners supporting adults 25+ into sustainable jobs across Fife
    Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) Out to Work A personal development programme for those with mental health issues leading to job search and in-work support
    Fife Council Employability Access and Support for Young People (EASYP) A strength-based employability pathway for young people 16-18
    BRAG Enterprises, with Clued Up and Apex Scotland Brighter Futures Person-centred support for young people age 19-24 with a particular focus on adverse childhood experiences
    BRAG Enterprises, with FEAT and Youth 1st Square Start Family-focused employment support for those in Dunfermline, South & West Fife and North East Fife
    Fife Gingerbread, with Citizens Advice and Rights Fife Making it Work for Fife Expanding employability provision for lone parents in Fife to include in-work support and cover the full Mid-Fife area

    How did we get here?

    From June to August 2020 the No-One Left Behind Team- coordinated by Fife Voluntary Action, Fife Centre for Equalities and Fife Council ran a series of 16 online Conversations via Zoom with over 122 participants. 126 people completed the No-One Left Behind online survey and posted messages on our Let's Talk About Fife page.


    These conversations were co-designed and co-delivered with people who use employability services. We invited people from all walks of life to help us understand what people need and want when it comes to employability, and uncovered a wealth of insight to inform what happens next. We included staff, people who use or have used services, and those who might want to use services from as many different perspectives as possible.



    More information

    For more information about No One Left Behind, contact Pegs Bailey or Sandy MacKenzie.


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Lunchtime Learning


Fife Voluntary Action runs a series of online Lunchtime Learning sessions for staff members working across the third sector and related services.


These sessions cover a wide range of topics drawn from and inspired by the findings of the NOLB Conversations.

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