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Fresh guidance to deliver upskilling and reskilling in response to COVID–19

Fresh guidance to deliver upskilling and reskilling in response to COVID–19

23 Oct 2020

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has published fresh guidance and college funding allocations for
2020-21’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF).

Launched in December 2016 the FWDF provides Apprenticeship Levy-paying employers with workforce development training, delivered by Scotland’s colleges, to upskill and reskill their existing workforce.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Government has increased the annual £10 million fund to £13 million for academic year 2020-21. It will be distributed among colleges across Scotland by SFC and this year will focus in particular on enabling colleges to work with employers to adapt and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and help employees upskill and reskill.

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has led to an unprecedented impact on our labour market. Scotland’s colleges have a key role in providing training that can be used to address the very significant employability and skills needs employers and employees face in the coming months and the additional funding provided by the FWDF will support them to do so.

All training will be agreed by 31 July 2021 (and have commenced by 31 August 2021) to be included as part of colleges’ Year 4 (2020-21) FWDF allocations.