Fife Council backs Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021, co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, runs 1-5 March, and Fife Council is focusing on the advantages to be gained from an apprenticeship Рfor individuals, employers and the economy. 


First year joiner apprentices at Fife Council

This year‚Äôs theme is¬†‚ÄėBusiness Backing Talent‚Äô, to‚ÄĮshowcase the‚ÄĮgreat things that happen‚ÄĮwhen‚ÄĮemployers back talent through apprenticeships.‚ÄĮMany businesses and other organisations across Fife have already helped many people transform their careers through apprenticeships.


Cllr. Altany Craik, Convener РEconomy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation, said: “In these challenging times, apprentices can play a vital role in supporting businesses and the economy now and for the future. It’s never been more important to show our support for apprenticeships.  Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021 is a time to share the value apprenticeships can bring.


‚ÄúBusinesses have adapted to challenging times. Employers and learning providers have innovated so apprentices can learn, achieve and progress. Despite the challenges we are currently facing, we must be optimistic and, as well as responding to the current pandemic, we must also look at the future of the economy and our workforce beyond COVID-19.‚ÄĚ


Apprenticeships have changed significantly over the years and the apprenticeship family has grown and now includes:


Foundation Apprenticeships¬†‚Äď helping young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they are still at school.


Modern Apprenticeships¬†‚Äď work-based training opportunities for new or existing employees, where individuals can work in paid jobs while working toward a qualification.


Graduate Apprenticeships¬†‚Äď providing work-based learning opportunities up to Master‚Äôs degree level for employees, combining academic knowledge with skills development to enable participants to become more effective and productive in the workplace.


Pathway Apprenticeship– helping young people to prepare for the world of work. Individuals gain an industry recognised qualification to accelerate their progression and to develop their knowledge, skills and experience in a sector with future opportunities.


For businesses backing talent, who can give someone the chance of an apprenticeship, there’s more support than ever before.


Fife Council is working in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the DYW (Fife) team and Fife College to showcase contributions from business, education and young people from across the region.


Follow the Opportunities Fife Facebook page and DYW Fife Facebook page for events and updates.


If you are an employer and would like more information about apprenticeships in Fife please email: 

New Eden Enterprise Hub Set to Boost Start-Up Businesses in Fife

Letters of intent have been exchanged between Fife Council and the University of St Andrews, marking a step forward for the new Eden Enterprise Hub at the Eden Campus in Guardbridge, Fife.


On Thursday 18 February, Fife Council exchanged letters of intent with the University of St Andrews to jointly develop the Eden Enterprise Hub at the Eden Campus in Guardbridge. This collaboration will see the refurbishment of  two buildings on the campus to create much-needed modern business premises for new and  growing businesses.


The University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus is part of the Tay Cities Region Deal, which was signed by the Scottish Government, UK Government and all partners on 17 December 2020.  Under the Deal proposals, up to £26.5m will be invested in the Eden Campus, Guardbridge, that’s estimated to create around 500 new jobs and leverage in £110 million of other investment, as the former paper mill is redeveloped into a global research and innovation hub to help deliver a low carbon future.


Fife Council co-leader Cllr David Ross said: “The Eden Enterprise Hub is an exciting part of the Tay Cities Region Deal, which provides a programme of sustained investment in the region for the next 10 years. It forms an important part of our plans to improve economic outcomes for everyone, reduce poverty and develop a fairer Fife.


‚ÄúThis a unique opportunity to create enterprise space for innovative start-ups and growing businesses in North East Fife, linked to the inclusive, net zero carbon economy.‚ÄĚ


Cllr Karen Marjoram,¬†Fife Council, added:¬†‚ÄúThe Eden Enterprise¬†Hub¬†will establish a commercially viable business incubator that caters for spin-out and start-up companies building on the expertise of the region‚Äôs universities.¬†It will provide a range of business facilities as well as coaching, expertise and industry-specific guidance, and a dedicated Knowledge Transfer Centre.‚ÄĚ


Geoff Morris, Eden Campus Programme Director, University of St Andrews, said:  “We warmly welcome further joint working with Fife Council on Eden Campus. This builds on our own investments over the past decade to regenerate the old papermill site into a  modern campus creating new jobs and opportunities for industry and the University to work together.  Fife Council’s investment adds to our own and the grants from both governments awarded through a number of economic programmes, especially the Tay Cities Deal. The University is looking to develop an enterprise ecosystem on the site and the Enterprise Hub is at the core of this.


‚ÄúBusiness support services will be delivered¬†by the University of St Andrews to¬†the¬†occupiers of the new business space.¬†This forms part of Entrepreneurial St¬†Andrews, which is strengthening our engagement with industry, business, and policy makers. Our aim is to support innovation and deliver the education and skills that are needed for inclusive economic growth and to¬†enable start-ups to become sustainable enterprises.‚ÄĚ


Investment in the Eden Campus – a 32.5¬†acre industrial site – will include: up to ¬£7¬†million to develop a primary¬†power¬†substation on the site, up to ¬£13.5¬†million for the Scottish Centre for Clean Energy Storage and Conversion ‚Äď building on the University‚Äôs strengths in carbon¬†capture, storage and ¬†innovation¬†– and up to ¬£9 million for the Eden Enterprise Hub.


The Scottish Government and UK Government, along with Angus, Dundee,  Fife and Perth & Kinross councils, worked together with business, higher and further education and the third sector, to achieve the Tay Cities Deal. It is a £700 million programme that will boost economic prosperity in the Tay cities area. The two governments have pledged £300m that will help to lever a further £400m of investment to create a smarter and fairer city region with over 6,000 new job opportunities.

InvestFife calls for businesses to represent Fife at Southern Manufacturing 2022

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK’s most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition, is scheduled to take place in February next year. Three Fife-based businesses are signed up for the exhibition, and InvestFife is seeking more businesses to join the Fife companies to showcase the region’s offering.


Fife has a long history of being at the leading edge of manufacturing and engineering, and with the sector evolving all the time, combined with the challenges brought about by COVID-19, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics will offer local businesses the opportunity to meet, learn, develop and grow.


InvestFife is seeking manufacturing and electronics businesses to join the Fife representation to this key exhibition, which takes place from 8th to 10th February 2022. Through Fife Council’s Trade Development Programme, there is funding available to first time exhibitors to help with the cost of exhibiting.

To date, three Fife-based businesses have signed up, hoping to re-engage face-to-face with existing clients, as well as make new contacts, once safe to do so. Fife Fabrications, Eurospray and QPE have all secured exhibition space.


John Penman, Managing Director of Fife Fabrications, commented:


‚ÄúWe look forward to exhibiting at the 2022 Southern Manufacturing show. For over 15 years, FiFab has attended this show and year-on-year it has proved to be very successful in meeting new potential customers, many of which have grown into substantial accounts for FiFab. As we hopefully return to some normality post the COVID pandemic, we feel it‚Äôs very important to once again promote the services we can offer at FiFab.‚ÄĚ


In 2019, when Fife businesses last attended Southern Manufacturing, the delegation secured 115 enquiries over the course of the two days.


Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said:


“Southern Manufacturing is a key exhibition for the manufacturing sector, as it brings together industry experts with the latest developments in industrial technology and engineering services. As the sector continues to evolve, it is a crucial event for Fife’s manufacturing businesses to attend.


‚ÄúFife Council‚Äôs Trade Development Programme can support with the organisation and co-ordination of space for businesses looking to exhibit at this three-day exhibition.‚ÄĚ


For more information about Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2022, please email:

Take part in Levenmouth Rail Business Survey

The Levenmouth Reconnected Task Group is looking for ideas and advice from Levenmouth people and businesses about what needs to be done to prepare the area and its community for the start of the new rail link.


All responses will be confidential and only used for research purposes.


Have your say by taking part in the survey at


For more information on the rail link and work of the task group email

Glenrothes business gains accreditation for paying the Living Wage

Barrie Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions is the latest Fife business to become accredited as a Living Wage Employer.


This will see everyone at the company receiving a minimum hourly wage of £9.50.  This rate is higher than the statutory minimum wage for over 25s of £8.72 introduced in April 2020.  The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually according to the real costs of living.


Barrie Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions was founded in 2002 and since then has grown into the largest direct payment payroll and support agency in the area. From its offices in Glenrothes, the company provides services for a wide variety of clients throughout the UK.


Announcing the company’s accreditation, Ross Barrie said:


“We were delighted to become accredited and believe it’s important that our employees can have a standard of living that allows them to live above the breadline.¬† It’s also important to give employees a feeling of worth and show them your appreciation.¬† Not only that, but our town of Glenrothes was the first Living Wage Town in Scotland and to play a part in that is a great honour.”


Lynn Anderson, Living Wage Scotland Interim Manager said, “We are delighted to welcome Barrie Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions to the Living Wage movement.


“We are a movement of over 1,900 Scottish employers who together want to go further than the government minimum to make sure that everyone can earn a decent standard of living and families have what they need to thrive. Our network includes lots of smaller employers as well as larger and iconic Scottish employers like SSE, Standard Life Aberdeen, Barrs, Brewdog, D.C. Thomson and many more.


“Employers like Barrie Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions are helping to set the standard for business in Britain by making sure that workers have what they need to get by and we hope to see many more employers following their example.‚ÄĚ


For more information on paying the Living Wage and how to become an accredited employer visit