Eligible employers can access the fund, which is administered by
the Scottish Funding Council on behalf of the Scottish Government,
by getting in touch with their local college.
The one-year pilot fund will focus on the up-skilling and
re-skilling of existing employees of any age, with individual
organisations able to apply for up to £10,000.
Minister for Employability and Skills Jamie Hepburn launched the
fund at a visit to ScotRail to meet staff undertaking training and
He said: "This unique pilot scheme will enable Scotland's
employers to make training and skills development available to
their staff, addressing knowledge gaps and improving
"The Flexible Workforce Development Fund is part of Programme
for Government, and an important element of our skills offer in
Scotland. It is part of our wider offer of training and
support that provides a clear and distinctive response to the
introduction of the UK Apprenticeship Levy.
"Training and skills development is beneficial for employees of
all ages and levels and I would encourage all organisations subject
to the levy in Scotland to get in touch with our colleges to learn
more about the opportunities available to them."
Delivering work-based skills
The Flexible Workforce Development Fund was developed in line
with the Scottish Government's 2016 consultation on the UK
Government's Apprenticeship Levy, and is part of a range of support
for Scottish Levy payers, which includes the expansion of Modern
Shona Struthers, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland said:
"This initiative will help build skills, growth, equality of
opportunity and productivity in the workplace, and I am delighted
that it will be delivered through Scotland's college sector.
"Scotland's colleges already play a vital role in working with
employers to meet the demand of the labour market by successfully
developing and delivering work-based skills and producing skilled,
qualified workers across all sectors.
"Our partnerships with business means that we understand the
needs of employers, and can work effectively with them to identify
their specific requirements and how these can best be met. The
Flexible Workforce Development Fund is a significant and welcome
addition to this partnership working."
Source - Skills Development Scotland