The Flexible Workforce Development Fund

What is the Flexible Workforce Development Fund? (FWDF)

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) was launched by the Scottish Government in September 2017 and is funded through contributions to the UK Apprenticeship Levy. Now in its fourth year, in 2020/21 the fund will provide £20m of training to employers in Scotland.

The aim of the fund is to provide eligible employers with workforce development training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. This training will enable employers to address skills gaps within their workforce and allow them to become more productive and efficient, as well as helping with post-COVID recovery.

The third year of the fund was launched in October 2020, with applications open until 31st July 2021.

Key Facts - 2020/21

  • Maintained maximum funding per levy-paying employer of up to £15,000 from 2019/20.
  • Levy payers can allocate some or all of the fund to up to 2 Supply Chain Companies or can include supply chain company employees in their training programmes.
  • Application closing date 31st July 2021.
  • Training programmes must commence by 31st August 2021 and be complete by 31st March 2022.
  • Non-levy paying SMEs can apply for up to £5,000 of funding under the FWDF in year 4 to help address skills gaps in their workforce (further detail on eligibility and the application process is coming soon, check this page for updates)

What do our clients think? 

Our clients said they have found the approach from the City of Glasgow College professional and flexible.  The help of an allocated Business Development Officer made the application process simple and fast, and the high quality of training received (contextualised to the needs of the business) meant the staff attending were able to easily apply their new skills to their work.

Tennent Caledonian Breweries, one of the major companies the college has been working with, said:

“City of Glasgow College has been a fundamental training partner over the last four years when we first accessed FWDF.

“Something that at first seemed complicated was made simple for us, and the college’s capacity to adapt to our ways of working and training needs has been outstanding.”

For Radisson Hotels UK Ltd the college’s ability to adapt was key, as Sarah Penkett, Learning & Development Manager, explained:

“For the first time this year Radisson Hotel Group used the Flexible Workforce Development Fund and it has been an absolute pleasure to partner with City of Glasgow College for our 2019/2020 course offering.

“Feedback from our employees has been amazingly positive with many saying it has improved their confidence. I can’t commend City of Glasgow College enough. In light of Covid-19 they have been outstanding at rescheduling courses and even changing to a digital format where required. We look forward to continuing our partnership into 2021.”

Nicole Smith, Senior Talent Executive at Skyscanner (Glasgow) said

“Output from the programme has been fantastic, with improved relationships both internally and externally…Due to these fantastic successes, and the college’s approach to this partnership, Skyscanner is keen to engage with City of Glasgow College again in Year 3.”

Jeanette Willsden, Training and Quality Manager at Constance Care, said

“We are proud to be working in partnership with City of Glasgow College. The guidance and support we have received from the college and their lecturers has better enabled us to improve staff development, upskilling and inspiring motivation.”

Apply Today

A copy of the Application Form, Guidance and our FWDF training brochure can be downloaded below.

Please note that funding is limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis so we would advise applying as soon as possible.  To support you in ascertaining your training needs we would be delighted to arrange an appointment with you to complete the application form. Please contact us to arrange this.