To ensure our workforce has the skills and training required to
meet the changing needs of employers and the Scottish economy,
£10million will be invested to extend the Flexible Workforce
Development Fund pilot.
Following a successful year, The Flexible Workforce Development
Fund is part of a range of support for employers subject to the UK
Government's Apprenticeship Levy, which includes the expansion and
diversification of our Modern Apprenticeship programme.
To mitigate the impact of the UK apprenticeship tax and support
the upskilling and reskilling needs of our existing workforce, the
second year funding available to eligible levy paying employers
will increase by £5,000 to £15,000.
Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn
"The Scottish Government has been clear in our opposition to the
UK Government's Apprenticeship Levy. To help employers with the
impact of this unwelcome UK tax on Scottish levy payers, the
extension of our £10 million Flexible Workforce Development Fund
will continue to support investment in workforce skills and
"Available to support all employees of all ages and across the
private, public and third sectors, I would encourage all those who
are subject to the apprenticeship levy in Scotland to get in touch
with our colleges to learn more about the opportunities available
to them to improve and diversity their skillset and benefit from
new training opportunities.
"The Scottish Government will continue to support investment in
skills and training to meet the changing needs of employers, the
workforce, young people and Scotland's economy."
Shona Struthers, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland, said:
"We are delighted that the college
sector will continue to exclusively administer and deliver the £10
million Flexible Workforce Development Fund which supports
levy-paying employers to undertake training and development as this
helps to increase productivity, fill identified skills gaps, and
upskill and retrain the existing workforce.
"Year 2 will build on the progress
made in the pilot year and add some positive developments which
will be of benefit to levy-paying employers, including an increase
in the cap and greater flexibility with the option to utilise some
or all of the fund in their supply chain. The fund is already
helping employers and colleges work together to enhance training
and continuous professional development for staff and keep pace
with new technology and changing markets."