Jobseekers in Fife are being Hindered by Funding and Transport
Jobseekers in Fife are being hindered by short-term funding for projects to help them into employment as well as inadequate public transport.
A report by Fife Voluntary Action reviewed the provision of third sector projects to assist people into work and made 14 recommendations.
It shows that charities and voluntary organisations are playing an increasingly large role in helping jobseekers but major hurdles remain.
Over 50 per cent of third sector providers of employability services in Fife said they knew of jobseekers who could not take up a job due to transport issues and 43 per cent said public transport does not run at suitable times, particularly for early morning and evening shift work.
The report calls for transport to be considered by employers.
Another area of concern is the uncertain nature of funding for these third sector employability projects. The report notes that third sector organisations are more likely to work with jobseekers facing additional barriers to work, such as mental health issues or those living in areas of high deprivation.
However, the difficult nature of the job is compounded by the stark financial constraints those projects work under. The report found that 58 per cent of projects receive fundingthat will end by next month. This could have a major impact on services for jobseekers as nearly 4,000 people a year are helped by these projects in Fife.
The report found that from April to September 2015, 38 per cent of people using third sector employability services moved into employment or self-employment. This is an increase on the yearly figure from 2013 which was 33 per cent. Report co-author, Pegs Bailey, Employability Development Officer for Fife Voluntary Action said: “The research shows there has been an increase in those finding work with support from the third sector, but there are still challenges to overcome, particularly in relation to funding of projects where short-term funding is preventing a longer-term approach.”
All of the above information came from The Fife and Kinross Extra publication of Thu 25th Feb 2016