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Flexible Workforce Development Fund

Training funding for Levy-payers (£15,000) and SMEs (£5,000).

About the Fund

The Scottish Government has recently confirmed the details of the 2020/21 Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF).

In addition to the funding available to Apprenticeship Levy payers, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) employers in Scotland can access funding for training up to £5,000.


Apprenticeship Levy Funding

Levy-paying employers can access training up to a maximum of £15,000.

Levy-payers can nominate up to two of their supply chain companies to receive all or part of their allocation or can include supply chain company staff in training they have identified as a collective priority.


SME Funding

This funding is open to all SME employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sector. SMEs can access up to  a maximum of £5,000 of training delivered by local colleges.

An employer that is both a Levy-payer and an SME can apply through the Apprenticeship Levy funding stream or the SME funding stream, but not both.

We talk through the opportunities and explain the process in this video –



Employers can choose from our “standardised” courses or can request a course tailored to specific needs.

FWDF Course Selection


Start the conversation today to ensure you take advantage of this opportunity. Training must be contractually agreed by 31st July 2021 and must have started by 31st August 2021. The College will allocate funds on a first-come-first-served basis.


Guidance and how to apply

Further information for employers can be found within Employer Guidance. To apply select either the Levy Payer or SME application form, complete and submit.


FWDF Employer Guidance

FWDF Application Form – Levy Payer 

FWDF Application Form – SME


For further information contact Liam Ewen  by email or on 07821 681211


The Facts

  • The fund, worth £20m across Scotland, is to help employers pay for training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce.


  • It can be used as a part-contribution towards training of a higher cost.
  • Only one application may be submitted within the application period (and only in one region).


  • The fund will not support any training required by law.
  • All training must be contractually agreed by 31st July 2021 and must have started by 31st August 2021.


  • Training to be completed by the end of 31st March 2022.
  • This fund is for Scottish resident employees. There is a separate arrangement for employees in England.


  • It is not restricted to apprentices and is in addition to apprenticeship support i.e. Modern Apprenticeship.


Levy-payer funding only

  • Levy-payers can choose how to split the funding between the Levy-payer and one or two supply chain companies.


  • Supply chain companies  should not be Levy-payers in their own right.