Flexible Workforce Development Fund
We are delighted that applications are open for the Flexible Workforce Development Fund 2021-22. Eligible employers in Scotland can apply for part of a fund to partner with their local college to deliver in-work skills training.
The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) is available to organisations across the private, public and third sectors who are subject to the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.
The fund, which was launched in September 2017, focuses on the up-skilling and re-skilling of existing employees of any age, with individual organisations able to apply for up to £15,000. This year, Levy-paying employers who are eligible for the FWDF will also have the ability to bring benefit to their supply chain.
The purpose of the FWDF is to provide Levy-payers with flexible workforce development training opportunities to support inclusive economic growth through upskilling or reskilling of employees and to support economic recovery following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the aims of the fund is to targeting skills gaps and training needs of the older workforce and/or employees with one or more protected characteristics listed in section 4 of the Equality Act, e.g. women, disabled people, black and minority ethnic people.
The fund will not support provision of qualification and training required by legislation.
The FWDF was developed in line with the Scottish Government's 2016 consultation on the UK Government's Apprenticeship Levy, and is part of a range of support for Scottish Levy payers, which includes the expansion of The Scottish Modern Apprenticeship programme.
Perth College UHI is keen to work with their local employers on any specific training requirements to take advantage of this fund to deliver in-work skills training to your employees.
The College can work with levy-paying employers in their region to identify the training they require that will make a demonstrable return on this funding.