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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Scottish Funding Council - Flexible Workforce Development Fund


The purpose of the FWDF is to provide employers with flexible workforce development training opportunities to support inclusive economic growth through up-skilling or re-skilling of employees. The Fund is in addition to apprenticeship support, access to which is available to all employers in Scotland; and Individual Training Accounts (ITAs), which provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to undertake learning opportunities to develop their skills for employment. The FWDF may be particularly beneficial in addressing skills gaps and training needs of the older workforce.

Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

The FWDF is available to all Apprenticeship Levy-paying employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sector.


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When to apply

Year 4 of the FWDF covers AY 2020-21, with applications closing 31 July 2021.

Next deadline: 31st Jul 2021

How to apply

The Fund is being administered through Scotland’s colleges so you have to apply to a college. You must only apply to one college, so consider what college you want to work with before you apply.

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Activites funded: Education & training Employability services

Beneficiaries funded: Voluntary sector organisations

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