Flexible Workforce Development Fund

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund is available to levy-paying organisations and SMEs for workforce development training to up-skill and re-skill your existing workforce.

By accessing the FWDF, employers in Scotland:

  • Have the flexibility to choose the training that best meets their needs*.
  • Can use the Fund to address priority skills gaps; increase productivity and/or support economic recovery.
  • Can access tailored training in high-quality learning environments.
  • Engage and motivate existing employees by offering them high-quality training to bring the greatest benefits to your organisation.
  • Can use the Fund to completely cover training or to partially cover training at a higher cost.

We will work with you to create a tailored training package to suit the particular needs of your organisation. For an idea of the types of topics our training can cover, please see our bespoke training page.

D&A College Business Advisors have already worked with over 40 regional companies on the Flexible Workforce Development Fund. Here’s what retailing and distribution company CJ Lang had to say...

“The fund allowed us to get the training we had been looking for in a variety of areas, from Project and Change Management to Customer Relations and Negotiation Skills. We are already looking at how we can utilise the funds in this next round and very much look forward to working with Dundee and Angus College again. The whole process was a very professional and highly beneficial experience.”

The funding is available on a first-come-first-served basis so please get in touch to discuss your training needs: email business@dundeeandangus.ac.uk or call 01382 834874

Guidance for levy-paying organisations

  • Levy payers can access up to £15,000.
  • All training will be certificated and achieve a recognised return on investment.
  • Applications from eligible levy-paying organisations will be accepted from now until July 2021 on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Training must be contractually agreed by 31 July 2021 and commenced by 31 August 2021.
  • Training needs to be completed by 31 March 2022.
  • Employers are encouraged to target this fund towards training for specific groups such as older workers, those in low skilled jobs, those working regularly with younger workers/apprentices, veterans/early service leavers and should consider as part of the application process how they can support staff with protected characteristics (as listed in the Equality Act 2010) to gain access to training through the fund.
  • Levy paying organisations can involve their supply chain by either giving access to part or all of the £15,000 allocation to them directly (maximum of two companies who are not levy payers in their own right) or by allowing them to infill into scheduled courses.

Guidance for levy-paying employers (PDF)
Process flow-chart and application form for levy payers (PDF)

Guidance for SMEs

  • SMEs (any business with less than 250 employees) can access up to £5,000.
  • All training will be certificated and achieve a recognised return on investment.
  • Applications from SMEs will be accepted from now until July 2021 on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Training must be contractually agreed by 31 July 2021 and commenced by 31 August 2021.
  • Training needs to be completed by 31 March 2022.

Guidance for SMEs (PDF)
Process flow-chart and application form for SMEs (PDF)

 

*Please note that legislative qualifications or training are ineligible through this fund.

Next steps

Applications are now open – please contact us to register your interest and discuss your training needs.

Our Business Advisors will be delighted to meet and support you through the application process.

Please contact us at:
01382 834874
business@dundeeandangus.ac.uk

FWDF Frequently Asked Questions for Employers