Flexible Workforce Development Fund
In December 2016 the Scottish Government announced the introduction of a new Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) to provide employers with flexible development training to up-skill and re-skill their employees.
The Scottish Government allocated £10 million for the FWDF in its pilot year 2017-18. SFC distributed the funding amongst regional colleges /
strategic bodies across Scotland and will distribute a further £10 million
for a second year in 2018-19.
Key points for 2018-19
- The FWDF is for Apprenticeship Levy paying employers in Scotland from the private, public and third sector with an annual salary bill of over £3 million.
- The college sector is recognised as an important part of Scotland’s skills and training system and eligible employers can fill their skills gaps by applying to the Fund via a college of their choice.
- New increased cap of up to £15k for Apprenticeship Levy payers to up-skill or re-skill their existing workforce.
- Employers have the flexibility to pass on the benefits of Fund access to their supply chain.
The Fund is flexible
- Apprenticeship Levy paying employers in Scotland have the flexibility to choose the training they need.
- Employers can use the Fund to address priority skills gaps.
- Access training in high-quality learning environments available in Scotland’s colleges.
- Engage and motivate existing employees by offering them high quality training to bring the greatest benefits to your organisation.
Applications are now open – please contact your nearest college [PDF] to register your interest and discuss your training needs.
The FWDF toolkit outlines a national campaign to promote the Fund and provides guidelines and a range of marketing resources can be used to help promote it to businesses across Scotland.
Colleges Scotland has produced a set of case studies to show how the college sector is using the FWDF.