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Flexible Workforce Development Fund

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

About the Fund

Applications for the Scottish Government’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for 2022/23 will soon open.

Funding is available to Apprenticeship Levy payers as well as Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) employers.

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 31 July 2023 and must have started by 31 August 2023.
The College is allocated funding by the Scottish Government and allocates funds on a first-come-first-served basis, so booking early in the new funding cycle is advised.

How to apply

Further information for employers and application forms will be available when the 2022/23 funding cycle opens. Applications are expected to open soon but you can register an interest now by contacting our team.

Looking for further information or ready to register an interest?

Contact Iain Cocker or call +44 (0)7866 531733


Contact Liam Ewen  or call  +44 (0)7821 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 31 July 2023 and must have started by 31 August 2023.


  • Training to be completed by the end of 31 December 2023.
  • 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.