Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) 2019-20

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) –  apply for up to £15,000 worth of Training with Edinburgh College.

FWDF facts

  • If you are a UK Government Apprenticeship Levy paying (private, public or third sector) organisation you may be eligible
  • Your organisation can receive funding of up to £15,000 for training
  • This training can be tailored to your organisation’s needs with assistance from the Edinburgh College team
  • This fund does not support qualificaitions/training needed for legislation
  • Contact us to start your application today:

What is the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)?

The Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council have announced the new Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF), in direct response to feedback from the Scottish Government’s consultation on the introduction of the UK Government Apprenticeship Levy.

What does this mean?

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund provides eligible employers with up to £15,000 worth of training from their local college, to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. It is available to all levy-paying employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sector, and will be led by employer demand.

How can you apply for the workforce fund?

Employers will be required to submit evidence of their eligibility to pay the levy alongside their application. The fund will not support provision of qualifications/training required by legislation.

Edinburgh College will work with employers to identify training needs that will make a demonstrable return on investment. For more information on this fund and to start your application.

How long do you have to access the workforce fund?

The deadline for applications is: 31 July 2020.

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FWDF Success stories

Thistle Foundation

Staff and volunteers at Edinburgh-based charity Thistle Foundation have received a mental health training boost thanks to a bespoke programme delivered by Edinburgh College through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

Thistle, which supports disabled people and those living with long-term health conditions or facing challenging life situations, tasked the College with designing a series of mental health workshops with the aim of improving colleagues’ understanding of the subject – benefiting them when working alongside the people they support.

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Morton Fraser

More than fifty of Scotland’s top lawyers have boosted their skillset thanks to a bespoke training programme designed and delivered by Edinburgh College.

Morton Fraser, the full service independent Scottish law firm based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, tasked the college with creating training workshops focusing on two key aspects of Performance Management – Coaching for Performance and Conversations for Delivery – to support managers and leaders when inspiring their teams.

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Edinburgh College has teamed up with leading children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland to deliver professional training to enhance the skills of its leadership across central Scotland.

Barnardo’s Scotland has tapped into the Scottish Government-created Flexible Workforce Development Fund and enlisted the help of Edinburgh College to create a new leadership and management training programme.

Read the full article here: http://wp.me/p8noQl-150