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Regional Skills Assessment

Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) provide the evidence we need to plan skills investment in Scotland’s people and businesses.

The aim of RSAs is to provide a coherent evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets.  RSAs are developed and used by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and its partners including: Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, the Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development Group and the South of Scotland Economic Partnership.

Last year, the RSAs were re-focussed in response to the Enterprise and Skills Review to support Skills Alignment. This includes a five-step planning model, the first step of which is a Skills Demand Assessment.

To continue to support this, the suite of RSA resources has maintained its focus on demand side evidence. They highlight economic and labour market data, offering trends, forecasts and insight for RSA regions, City Regions, Growth Deal areas and Local Authorities.

This year, the RSA materials will be released in two phases:

Phase one: Release of the new interactive RSA Data Matrix in August 2019

Phase two: Release of RSA Summary Reports and Infographics in October 2019.

Click here for more information and to access the link to the RSA Data Matrix.

 

Working for Fife 2018

Fife Voluntary Action Group have recenlty published “Working for Fife: A Survey of Third Sector Employability Pathway Services in Fife 2018.”

The report takes a look at the scale and scope of third sector employability provision in Fife based upon data gathered from 27 third sector organisations delivering 41 different employability projects in Fife.

The report is a must read for both strategic partners and third sector employability providers.

You can read the full report here: Working_for_Fife_2018.

Fife Child Poverty Action Report June 2019

Around one in five children live in low income families in Fife and too many children are not ready to learn when they start school. Many people in Fife are unable to manage financially; more than a third of residents live in fuel poverty and around 24,000 residents are unsure about how they can pay for food.

Fife Council, NHS Fife and partners have developed the Fife Child Poverty Action Report to consider the delivery of existing child poverty measures and outline new actions that seek to create a step-change in efforts to tackle this persistent issue.

The report focuses on the three drivers of child poverty, as set out by the Scottish Government: income from employment, cost of living, and income from social security and benefits in kind.

Read the full report here.

A Healthier Future – Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan

The Scottish Government’s vision set out in A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan is for a Scotland where everyone eats well and has a healthy weight. As announced by the First Minister in May 2018, the delivery plan includes a guiding ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030. This a bold but necessary ambition to ensure that more of our children have a healthy weight, and avoid health complications later in life. Download the report here.

NHS Fife Director of Public Health’s Annual Report 2017

In May 2016, Holyrood Magazine introduced an imaginary child, Kirsty, who was born in one of the most disadvantaged communities in Scotland.1 They planned to watch how government policy might impact on her life chances.  What if Kirsty were born in one of Fife’s more disadvantaged communities?  How might we be working to help her fulfill her potential?  The challenge is significant. Continue reading