Flexible Workforce Development Fund
Since 2017-18 the Scottish Government has allocated £10m a year to the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF).
The Scottish Government, supported by Colleges Scotland will again provide £10 million in 2019-20 for this third year of the FWDF. The allocation to Borders College is just over £140,000 and applications are now open.
The key policy drivers for the FWDF are:
- To support the needs of levy-payers in Scotland.
- To support employer workforce development in line with the aims of the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy (particularly in the areas of up-skilling/re-skilling Scotland’s existing workforce) and consistent with the ambitions to raise productivity.
- To ensure the Fund further strengthen college engagement with levy-payers.
Eligible employers can use the FWDF to address priority skills gaps in their organisation by accessing up to £15,000 in funding to create tailored training programmes with their local college.
The Fund is flexible
Apprenticeship Levy paying employers in Scotland have the flexibility to choose the training they need.
- Employers can use the Fund to address priority skills gaps.
- Access training in high-quality learning environments at Borders College or on employer premises.
- Engage and motivate existing employees by offering them high quality training to bring the greatest benefits to your organisation.
Borders College, through their Business Development team, is looking forward to working with employers to meet their needs both locally and nationally, prioritize provision that meets known skills gaps in the economy and support the drive for inclusive, sustainable growth.
Contact should be made to Susan Rennie – firstname.lastname@example.org – or by calling 01896 662578.