Flexible Workforce Development Fund - Fill your skills gap

For the first time, the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) is available for all Scottish employers, including SMEs.

More employers across Scotland can now apply for funding to provide training and development opportunities for their staff.

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) helps businesses to invest in their workforce and is available for all of Scotland's employers who pay into to the UK Government's Apprenticeship Levy. For the first time, the fund will also be available for both levy payers and SMEs, across the private, public and third sectors.

  • Levy-paying employers can access up to £15,000 and can now use this for specialised training/support via a private training provider.
  • SMEs will be able to access up to £5,000 through college and Open University training in 2020/21
  • The fund can be used to completely cover training or to partially cover training at a higher cost

Opportunities for training are essential for both employers and employees, and in August we doubled funding for our Flexible Workforce Development Fund to £20 million for 2020-21 to ensure businesses across Scotland can continue to invest in their workforce.

As this fund adapts and responds to the impacts of the pandemic, we will also see the introduction of additional delivery partners including the Open University in Scotland and private training providers for employers who require more specialist training.

By strengthening upskilling the existing workforce, in partnership with colleges, we can retain jobs and support employers as they pivot and adapt to a new and very different working environment as a result of the pandemic.

Jamie Hepburn, Business, Fair Work and Skills Minister

How to apply

The fund will be utilised to respond directly to the impacts of the pandemic and expressions of interest will be live on 16 November 2020.

For Levy-paying employers who are interested in using private training provision (administered through Skills Development Scotland) please fill out an enquiry form.

For all other FWDF enquiries, including FWDF SME fund and how to apply, please visit the Scottish Funding Council website.

  • SQA Approved Centre
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • CMI
  • City & Guilds
  • STF
  • ILM
  • IS

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