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Flexible Workforce Development Fund

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) is a fund designed 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).

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) it offers organisations funding towards the upsklling and reskilling of their staff through professional trainning at their local college.

Organisations that are eligible for funding

Your organisation may be eligible for funding via the Flexible Workforce Development Fund if:

  • You are a UK Government Apprenticeship Levy-paying organisation.

  • Your organisation has an annual turnover of over £3 million or more.

  • You are a small and medium-sized UK enterprise (SME) in any sector such as private, public or third sector.

Funding option one 

Fund one is available to UK Levy-paying organisations or those that have an annual turnover of £3 million or more.

Organisations that qualify can receive funding of up to £15,000 (2021-22) towards training.

Funding option two

Funding option two is for small and medium-sized UK enterprises (SMEs).

Organisations that qualify can receive funding of up to £5,000 (2021-22) towards training.

What training is available with the fund?

This training can be tailored to your organisation’s needs with assistance from the Edinburgh College team. This fund does not support qualifications or training needed for legislation.

Our training portfolio

Our training courses can be tailored to suit your business needs. We 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 guidance. 

Download our Professional Training Prospectus to learn more about our training portfolio.

 

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Testimonials and Case Studies

Read and listen to feedback from our current professional training clients who have benefited from the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

Testimonials and Case Studies

FWDF FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF).

What is the Flexible Workforce Development Fund?

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) is a fund designed 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).

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) it offers organisations funding towards the upsklling and reskilling of their staff through professional trainning at their local college.

Who is eligible for the fund?

Your organisation may be eligible for funding via the Flexible Workforce Development Fund if:

  • You are a UK Government Apprenticeship Levy-paying organisation.

  • Your organisation has an annual turnover of over £3 million or more.

  • You are a small and medium-sized UK enterprise (SME) in any sector such as private, public or third sector.

How can I apply for the fund?

Apprenticeship Levy Paying Employers will be required to submit evidence of their eligibility to pay the levy alongside their FWDF application. This can be P32, EPS or any reports to HMRC.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be required to submit evidence of their eligibility status as a business alongside their FWDF application. This 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.

What training is available with the fund?

Training can be tailored to your organisation’s needs with assistance from the Edinburgh College team.

The fund does not support qualifications or training needed for legislation.

How long do you have to access the fund?

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2022.

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Apply now

Start your funding application today by contacting us on:

enterprise@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

0131 297 9000

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