Flexible Workforce Development Fund

What is the Flexible Workforce Development Fund?

The FWDF enables all businesses in Scotland to apply for funding for employee training. Apprentice Levy Payers can apply direct to Fife College for up to £15,000 training, whilst SMEs can apply for up to £5,000. The fund aims to help address organisational skills gaps, improve workplace productivity levels, adapt to the impact of Covid-19 and to support the move to Net Zero.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund

The Fund provides funding to UK Apprenticeship Levy-payers and SMEs in Scotland which they can use to access flexible workforce development training opportunities. It is intended to help employers address priority skills gaps and training needs. For example, your employees may need new skills to enable your business to adapt and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are the key requirements for the fund:

  • You must be a Levy-paying employer in Scotland in the private, public or third sector.
  • You must be an employer based or operating within Scotland, wholly or partially.
  • The funding must be used for Scottish-based employees only.

How much is available?

  • Levy-paying employers can access up to £15,000 with wider access through colleges or Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in 2021/22
  • SMEs (any business with less than 250 employees) will be able to access up to £5,000 through the college in 2021/22

Important Information

  • We will support your organisation through the very simple application process
  • Funding can be used as part-contribution towards training of a higher cost
  • Due to funding requirements all candidates undertaking training must complete a college enrolment form
  • Organisations must complete an application form and submit to Forth Valley College