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  • European Structural and Investment Funds - Fife Employability Pathway

    Created: 28/07/2022, Updated: 29/07/2022
    News/Events Category: General News

    Fife Council have released a summary of European Structural Investment Funds funded activities supporting the Fife Employability Pathway over the period 2015 - 2022, as below:

    "In March 2022 all employability activity on the Fife Employability Pathway, match funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), was completed. 

    This suite of activity was commissioned across two phases, from 2015-2019 and 2019-2022 and supported 15,424 people with multiple barriers to employment over the duration of the programme.

    The Opportunities Fife Partnership commissioned activity that would support those with multiple barriers and focused on: communities with the highest levels of need, specifically in “Mid-Fife”; those with health and disability issues, particularly where mental health was a significant barrier; young people who had left school to a negative destination; and workless, low income and lone parent families.

    Activity was delivered by a range of delivery partners, with projects led by key third sector partners including; Fife Employability and Training Consortium; Capability Scotland, DEAP, Fife Employment Access Trust and Fife Gingerbread as well as Fife Council’s Employability and Supported Employment Teams.

    Over two phases of activity 5,587 people were supported into employment, meaning that across seven years of delivery over 36% of those worked with, progressed into employment.  This is the result of high quality, longer term interventions that are person-centred and tailored to the individual needs of the participants.

    Of the participants supported, over 68% came from communities in “Mid-Fife”, the highest proportion (23%) coming from the Kirkcaldy area and 63% of the jobs came from people living in “Mid-Fife” with the highest proportion of jobs (19%) from people coming from Levenmouth area.

    Although ESIF funded employability activity completed in March 2022, support is still available through the range of provision funded through No One Left Behind, which commenced in April 2022.

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