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Flexible Workforce Development Fund

Up to £15,000 worth of training funding for Levy-payers.

About the Fund

The Scottish Government has recently confirmed the 2019/20 roll-out of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) and is available to all Apprenticeship Levy-payers.

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.

Start the conversation today to ensure you take advantage of this opportunity. Training must be contractually agreed by 31st July 2020 and must have started by 31st August 2020. The College will allocate funds on a first-come-first-served basis.

Guidance for levy paying employers

The Facts

The fund is worth £10m across Scotland and can be accessed by an application process through Scotland’s regional colleges (NESCol in this area).

The fund gives Levy-payers the opportunity to apply for up to a maximum of £15,000 in 2019/20 to help pay for training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce.

Levy-payers may submit only one application to the fund within the application period (and only in one region).

The fund can be used as a part-contribution towards training of a higher cost.

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

The supply chain companies involved should not be Levy-payers in their own right.

All training must be contractually agreed by 31st July 2020 and must have started by 31st August 2020.

All training provision associated with 2019-20 funding is to be delivered and completed by the end of December 2020. Where there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. delivery of SVQ training), it may be possible for a revision to this deadline.

The fund is not restricted to apprentices and is in addition to apprenticeship support which all employers are eligible to access in Scotland i.e. Modern Apprenticeship and ECITB.

The fund will not support any training required by law.

This fund is for Levy-payers in Scotland. There is a separate arrangement for Levy-payers in England.