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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 and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

What does this mean?

SMEs across Edinburgh and the Lothians can now tap into funding to provide upskilling and reskilling opportunities for their staff through Edinburgh College and the Flexible Workforce Development Fund
For the first time, the fund is now available for both levy payers and SMEs, across the private, public and third sectors.
SMEs can apply for up to £5,000 worth of training for their teams, while levy payers can access up to £15,000

How can you apply for the workforce fund?

Apprenticeship Levy Paying Employers will be required to submit evidence of their eligibility to pay the levy alongside their FWDF application (It can be P32, EPS or any reports to HMRC ) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be required to submit evidence of their eligibility status as a business alongside their FWDF application (it can be a business bank account, PAYE registration, VAT registration, Companies House, or Registration for self-assessment tax return).

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 please contact us.

How is the training delivered?

The large majority of our courses can be delivered virtually using platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom whilst maintaining interaction between delegates and trainer.

Where there’s necessity some courses may also be delivered face-to-face or in a blended format of both virtual and in-person training. This includes training at our college campuses or at your place of work whilst adhering to government guidance on social distancing and health and safety restrictions.

How long do you have to access the workforce fund?

The deadline for applications is: 31 July 2022.

FWDF facts
  • If you are a UK Government Apprenticeship Levy-paying and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (private, public or third sector) organisation you may be eligible
  • Levy-paying organisations can receive funding of up to £15,000 for training
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can receive funding of up to £5,000 for training
  • This training can be tailored to your organisation’s needs with assistance from the Edinburgh College team
  • This fund does not support qualifications/training needed for legislation

Contact us

Start your application today:
0131 297 9000

Our training courses can be tailored to suit your business needs. We offer can deliver our teaching virtually (through Microsoft Teams or Zoom), at your workplace or in person at one of our campuses.*

*Dependant on current government health and safety advice.

FWDF Case Studies

Digby Brown Solicitors

Some of Scotland’s top legal minds have benefited from a bespoke training programme developed by Edinburgh College trainers through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

Digby Brown Solicitors, which employs around 300 staff across seven offices in Scotland, tasked the College’s associate trainers with creating a unique training programme designed to support its employees in their roles and promote positive mental health inside and outside of work.

Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2lEqDzc


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.

Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2lEqDzc


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.

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



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

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