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Funding and training

Learn what funding is available and how your business can save money on training costs.

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Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

The fund supports businesses in Scotland to upskill and reskill employees. It provides funding to UK apprenticeship levy-payers and non-levy paying SMEs in Scotland. You can use the fund to access workforce development training opportunities. This will help you address key skills gaps and training needs.

Are you eligible?

There are different routes to access the funding, depending on type of training you need:

  • employers who are levy-payers can access up to £15,000 worth of support. Levy payers must provide evidence of paying the UK Apprenticeship Levy
  • non-levy paying SME’s can access up to £5,000 worth of support. Non-levy paying SMEs must provide evidence of running a business. For example, a business bank account or company registration number

Employers can access the fund once per academic year and have the option of using their local college or the Open University in Scotland. It will be distributed on a first come first served basis, and employers must contact their local college to get started.

How to access the fund

You can access the fund through your local college or the Open University in Scotland.

If you have any questions, drop us an email.

Use apprenticeships to save on employee training costs

With Modern or Graduate Apprenticeships, you'd gain a full-time employee. You'll also get financial help towards their training costs.

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