Funding and support

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I am happy to recommend West Highland College UHI to deliver our FWDF Training needs. We have worked in partnership together over the past 3 years and found the service to be excellent and extremely professional in developing our workforce.

- Donald Waring, Learning and Development Manager, Mowi

What is the Flexible Workforce Development Fund?

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. 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.

The fourth year of the fund was launched in October 2020.

Key Facts - 2020/21

  • Maintained maximum funding per levy-paying employer of up to £15,000 from 2019/20.
  • 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.
  • Training programmes must 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 (further detail on eligibility and the application process is coming soon, check this page for updates)