FWDF (Flexible Workforce Development Fund)

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What is the Flexible Workforce Development Fund? (FWDF)

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) was launched by the Scottish Government in September 2017 and is funded through contributions to the UK Apprenticeship Levy. Now in its fourth year, in 2020/21 the fund will provide £20m of training to employers in Scotland.

The aim of the fund is to provide eligible employers with workforce development training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. This training will enable employers to address skills gaps within their workforce and allow them to become more productive and efficient, as well as helping with post-COVID recovery.

Key Facts

  • Maximum funding per levy-paying employer is £15,000.
  • Levy payers can allocate some or all of the fund to up to 2 Supply Chain Companies or can include supply chain company employees in their training programmes.
  • Application closing date 31st July 2021.
  • Training programmes must commence by 31st August 2021 and be complete by 31st March 2022.
  • Non-levy paying SMEs can apply for up to £5,000 of funding under the FWDF in year 4 to help address skills gaps in their workforce, see more detail on this.

Applications for the current year (year 4) are open until 31st July 2021, and funding will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis. If you’d like to apply or find out more please email us at ACmarketing@uhi.ac.uk or contact your local learning centre.