Edinburgh & Lothian SMEs eligible for up to £5000 funding

October 22, 2021

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 get in touch with Michelle at michelle.skotzen@edinburghcollege.ac.uk

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.

The deadline for applications is: 31 July 2022.

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