Flexible Workforce Development Fund - Now open

Your organisation can receive up to £15,000 of free training

Are you a SME?

For the first time, SMEs could be eligible for up to £5,000 of free training through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF). The application can be made through the College and the fund can be used to completely, or partially cover the cost of training. More information about FWDF and SMEs

  • SMEs can access up to £5,000 of training delivered by Glasgow Clyde College or The Open University in Scotland. SMEs are advised to make an application as soon as possible as access to the fund will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Phase 2 of the FWDF in 2020-21 is available to all SME employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sector. Employers must be based or operate within Scotland. 
  • For the purpose of the FWDF, an SME refers to any business with less than 250 employees. 
  • Employers are required to provide evidence of their business status as part of their FWDF application to colleges or The Open University in Scotland. 
  • Employers are required to submit evidence of their eligibility status as a SME business with their Phase 2 FWDF application. This should normally take the form of one of the following:  
    • A business bank account
    • VAT registration
    • PAYE registration
    • Companies House info (latest accounts, etc.)
    • Registration for self-assessment tax return (HMRC)
  • An employer that is both a Levy-payer and an SME can access FWDF from either Phase 1 or Phase 2, but not both. This should be confirmed through the application process. 


Are you an Apprenticeship Levy payer?

The Scottish Government has introduced the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) to provide employers with workforce development training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. Employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy can apply to the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.


  • Apprenticeship Levy paying employers in Scotland have the flexibility to choose the training they need
  • Employers can use the fund to address priority skills gaps
  • Employers can access training in high-quality learning environments available in Scotland's colleges
  • Engage and motivate existing employees by offering them high-quality training to bring the greatest benefits to your organisation 

Key facts

  • The FWDF is available to all levy-paying employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sectors
  • Each levy-paying employer can access up to a maximum of £15,000 in 2020-21
  • The FWDF can be used as part-contribution towards training of a higher cost
  • Employers may submit only one application to the fund within the application period
  • Employers, if eligible, may be able to allocate part of their FWDF allocation to up to two supply chain subcontractors they work with
  • The FWDF is in addition to apprenticeship support which all employers are eligible to access in Scotland
  • The FWDF will not support provision of qualifications or training required by legislation
  • The FWDF can be used to train staff who are currently on furlough
  • An application template is available from the College and must be submitted via the College.

Application Dates

An application template is available from the College and must be submitted via the College. Training should be contractually agreed by 31 July 2021 and should commence by 31 August 2021.  It must be delivered and completed by 31 March 2022.

Next Steps

The College will allocate funds on a first-come-first-served basis so contact our team for some friendly help and advice on accessing the Flexible Workforce Development Fund. 

Find out more about the Flexible Workforce Development Fund

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