Flexible Development Fund for small and medium sized enterprises

Flexible Development Fund for small and medium sized enterprises

If you are a small and medium sized enterprise or self-employed, you can now apply to the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) to access training for you and your employees up to a value of £5,000.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Government has made another £4 million available across Scotland’s colleges for 2021-22 to support small and medium sized enterprises and economic recovery.

If you are an employer with fewer than 250 employees, you can apply for the FWDF to address skills gaps in your organisation. Applications to access the fund can be made until 31st July 2022.  You can use this investment to up-skill or re-skill your existing workforce. This is an opportunity to engage and motivate your employees, offer them high quality training of real benefit to your organisation: supporting and enabling your business to become more productive and grow.

In the current climate, we have adapted our methods of delivery to ensure we deliver training to your employees using safe and flexible approaches to support your business needs.

Our range of specialist, industry specific programmes, normally delivered face-to-face, have now moved on-line, and are currently delivered using a blended and/ or remote model, using easy to access learning technologies.

This adapted approach to learning will provide you with a degree of flexibility to meet your business needs. We will discuss your training needs, support you to identify suitable courses, and the most suitable approach for your employees. We can also support you with the completion of your application.


Get your applications in as soon as possible.

Funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Get in touch with us today by emailing fwdf@slc.ac.uk or by filling in our contact form to arrange an initial discussion on how we can help you apply for the FWDF.