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Enterprise putting new life into area

The West Fife Enterprise buildingTHE gradual demise of coal mining in the West of Fife in the late 1970s and early 1980s was a huge blow to the area, with employment opportunities being greatly reduced.

Thanks to some positive thinking, however, it was decided in 1983 to establish a community-based regeneration organisation, West Fife Enterprise Ltd, which has now helped more than 1000 local people to gain access to training, further education and employment.

The not-for-profit organisation has grown from strength to strength over the years, providing a high-quality employment development service, designed and delivered where it's needed – in the local community.

WFE's award-winning programmes combine vocational training, occupational qualifications and work experience to ensure those taking part are fully equipped to compete for jobs in the open labour market on a fair and equal basis.

Welding at West Fife EnterpriseLast year (2005) was a particularly notable one for the organisation which saw it develop and enlarge its premises and facilities at Forthview Industrial Estate, Low Valleyfield.

The hi-tech site, which includes all the services offered at WFE's former Torryburn office, boasts a purpose-built, lifelong learning and employment centre.

Sandra Beveridge, WFE community liaison officer, points out that, essentially, they provide local people – of all ages and abilities – with core skills.

"We are successful because our programmes are tailored for the individual.

"Some people arrive here thinking they have no skills and it is only when you point out to them what skills they do have that they grow in confidence."

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