Flexible Workforce Development Fund


If you're an employer paying the apprenticeship levy in Scotland, you could apply for up to £15,000 towards the cost of training your workforce.

The Scottish Government's Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) is available to employers across the private, public and third sectors, subject to the UK Government's Apprenticeship Levy.

Key points:

  • The UK Government introduced a UK wide apprenticeship levy in 2017. Employers with an annual salary bill of over £3 million pay into the Levy at a rate of 0.5% every month.
  • The FWDF was set up by the Scottish Government as a means of enabling employers to access levy funding to support skills, training and employment.
  • The college sector is recognised as an important part of Scotland’s skills and training system and eligible employers can fill their skills gaps by applying to the fund via a college of their choice.
  • Levy paying employers can access up to £15,000 worth of training via colleges per year to up-skill or re-skill their existing workforce.

The fund is flexible:

  • Levy paying employers in Scotland have the flexibility to choose the training they need.
  • The fund can be used to completely cover training or to partially cover training at a higher cost. This includes qualifications up to SCQF Level 10. The fund can also be used by a levy-paying employer to invest in the development of its supply chain e.g. supply chain company staff.
  • Employers can use the fund to address priority skills gaps and access training in high-quality learning environments available in Scotland’s colleges.
  • Engage and motivate existing employees by offering them high quality training to bring the greatest benefits to your organisation.

Businesses are invited to bid for funding through Colleges and the Inverness College UHI Business Solutions team is ready to conduct an analysis of your training needs and submit a bid on your behalf.

Whatever your business, there’s a course to meet your needs.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has funding up for grabs! It’s first come, first served, so make sure you get in quick.