Scottish businesses can now get up to £10,000 to train staff
The Scottish Government is providing £10 million to the Scottish Funding Council to launch the Flexible Workforce Development Fund
Businesses in Scotland that contribute to the Apprenticeship
Levy can now apply for a workforce development grant of up to £10,000, which the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) says could open up opportunities for seafarers.
The Scottish Government this month launched the Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF), which aims to help pay for employee training to up-skill and re-skill companies' existing workforces through one of Scotland's further education colleges.
Companies are eligible to apply for the funding if they are
an Apprenticeship Levy-paying employer (i.e. have an annual salary bill of over
£3 million) and have a workforce in Scotland. The fund is available in addition
to Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) and apprenticeship support, which all
employers are eligible to access in Scotland.
“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,” said Jamie Hepburn, Scottish Minister for Employability and Skills, who launched the fund at a visit to ScotRail.
The Scottish Government is encouraging employers to give due
consideration to specific groups such as older workers; those in low skilled
jobs; those working regularly with younger workers/apprentices; veterans/early
service leavers and those who identify as belonging to equality groups.
Kathryn Neilson, director of MNTB, says her organisation is in favour of the new FWDF scheme and hopes it will enhance career opportunities for seafarers.
"The MNTB is fully supportive of the grant the Scottish Government is offering to companies in Scotland who have enrolled in the Apprenticeship Levy," she says.
"We are constantly looking at ways of attracting people into the industry and by offering this type of grant funding to workers who wish to retrain, we are opening up the possibilities of a career in the Merchant Navy,” she continues.
To apply for the funding, businesses must submit their
applications by December 15th,
2017 (see below). Applications will be processed on a
- More information about the fund and how to apply for it can
be found here.