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Opportunities Fife Partnership (OFP)


Key activities

Benefits and impacts


Further Information

The Opportunities Fife Partnership (OFP) is a strategic, decision making partnership which is responsible for delivering on the Fife Community Plan outcome:  “Extending employment and skills opportunities”.


The overall mission of the OFP is:


“To develop and oversee the implementation of labour market driven approaches to skills and employability services for individuals, which reflect the needs of employers.”

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Theme: Employability

Through effective partnership working, supported by three Delivery Groups (concentrating on Young People, Adults and those with Health & Disabilities), The OFP delivers a range of employability and skills training services through the Fife Employability Pathway.  The Pathway is part funded by European funding and targets support at unemployed people with multiple barriers to employment, who are further from the job market and who live in Fife’s most deprived 20% SIMD areas.


A new innovative approach to Workforce Modelling will form the basis of the OFP’s on-going employer business engagement strategy and through strong partnership links with Fife College and Skills Development Scotland, has informed the curriculum planning  and planning of training, skills development and education provision that is delivered by the providers on the Employability Pathway.


The OFP have commissioned providers to deliver activity will support clients from a range of key target groups:

  • Long-term unemployed (6 months + for 16-24 year olds and 12 months + for those 25 and over)
  • Those with literacy and numeracy issues
  • Those facing digital exclusion
  • Those with health and disability issues
  • Young people in danger of being NEET
  • Looked after young people/leaving care
  • (Ex-)offenders
  • Those with family and/or caring responsibilities


In addition to these groups there is a commitment to engage with and deliver services more locally for people who live in Fife’s most deprived 20% SIMD areas.


 This activity is targeted at supporting 55% of the engaged clients to achieve a positive destination and 32% of clients to access sustainable employment or self-employment.

An independent review of Fife’s Employability Pathway was conducted by Professor Alan McGregor from the University of Glasgow’s Training and Employability Research Unit in 2013.  The report provided the OFP with outstanding feedback on what had been achieved previously and made strong recommendations to improve and enhance the Pathway activity.


The review highlighted that:

  • The Fife Employability Pathway benchmarks positively against acknowledged best practice
  • It is a solid achievement brought about in a true partnership setting
  • Substantial numbers of people have been supported since the pathway was introduced


It also highlighted that:

  • We could do better in terms of achieving Positive Outcomes (at the time 37% of clients achieved a positive outcome, only 24% of them accessing employment or self-employment)
  • Only 27% of registrations were residents of our most deprived areas


As a result of this review and its recommendations the OFP restructured to create the three delivery groups, redefined the activity that took place on the Employability Pathway and has commissioned new programmes to deliver services for the key client groups highlighted.


Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:


Adam Dunkerley

Opportunities Fife Partnership Manager

Fife Council

03451 55 55 55 ext 440327

Case study added to site: June 2016

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