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Flexible Workforce Development Fund 2017-18

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Announcement: SFC/AN/13/2017

Issue Date: 07/09/2017

Deadline Date: 28/02/2018


To provide details of the new Flexible Workforce Development Fund and funding allocations to each Regional College and Regional Strategic Body.

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Important Update on Flexible Workforce Development fund (FWDF)

Extension of Date for Applications

SFC issued guidance on the FWDF on 7 September 2017 which stated that applications for FWDF “can be submitted to regional colleges during the period 11 September to 15 December 2017. Providing that the employer and the training identified meets FWDF eligibility criteria, regional colleges and RSB’s will allocate the funds on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. Any underspend of funds after 15 December will be redistributed to college regions where there is evidence of unmet demand.“  The Scottish Government has agreed to change the date to enable Colleges to engage more fully with employers and allow an extension until 28 February 2018.

End Date for Delivery

In our guidance we said that the activity must take place between September 2017 and June 2018. To provide colleges with further flexibility we have amended this to - all training most be contractually committed by the end of June 2018, although the training may continue beyond that date.

Health and Social Care

Our guidance stated that the “FWDF will not support provision of qualifications/training required by legislation”. Following feedback from the college sector we sought clarification of this in relation to Health and Social Care provision. Although the fund cannot be used for the registration regulation requirements it can be used for training purposes.

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