The Scottish Government announces details of the ‘Flexible Workforce Development Fund’ available to apprenticeship levy paying employers in Scotland.
In December 2016 the Scottish Government announced the introduction of a new Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF). Creation of the FWDF is a response to feedback received during the Scottish Government’s recent consultation on the introduction by the UK Government of the Apprenticeship Levy.
In England, levy paying employers can access funds for apprenticeship training via their own digital account. However, in Scotland, there are currently no plans for a similar account and funding will instead be partly made available via the FWDF.
The FWDF is a £10m fund, and is additional to other types of apprenticeship support which all employers are eligible to access in Scotland. The Scottish Government’s aim in introducing the FWDF is to help employers up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce and address current skills gaps in their organisations.
The key points to be aware of in respect of the FWDF are:
Full details of the plans can be found here.
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