Flexible Workforce Development Fund
Applications are open for the Flexible Workforce Development Fund 2018-19. 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 key areas of government priority are to increase organisational capacity and increase the productivity of levy paying employers. The fund should also address known skills gaps (national and regional) where there is a recognised demand from employers in the region.
- Unmet digital skills needs such as digital literacy and big data interpretation
- Essential skills such as communication and inter-personal skills.
- Older workers
- Those in low skilled jobs,
- Those working regularly with younger workers/apprentices, veterans/early service leavers
- Those who identify as belonging to equality groups.
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 supported by Perth and Kinross Developing the Young Workforce Group 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.