Flexible Workforce Development Fund

Helping local businesses across the Forth Valley Region to develop their workforce.

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) was created by the Scottish Government in 2017 to support Apprentice Levy paying employers to develop the skills and competence of their employees. Now entering its fourth year, the fund has proved to be an essential addition to the learning and development landscape in Scotland. The Scottish Government has increased funding to £20 million per annum for Apprentice Levy paying organisations with SMEs now also eligible.  

Helping local businesses across the Forth Valley Region to develop their workforce.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic we have developed a range of courses that can be delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. These courses are facilitated by one of our experienced trainers and are as interactive as their in-person alternative.

Key Facts

  • Apprentice Levy paying organisations are entitled to access up to £15,000
  • SMEs are entitled to access up to £5,000 per round of funding
  • Funding is aimed at addressing organisational skill gaps, improving workplace productivity and supporting employers to adapt to the impact of Covid-19
  • Supply chain companies/staff can be included within an application
  • Eligible organisations can apply for FWDF 21-22 funding only once per funding year

Important Information

  • We will support your organisation through the very simple application process
  • Funding can be used as part-contribution towards training of a higher cost
  • Due to funding requirements all candidates undertaking training must complete a college enrolment form
  • Organisations must complete an application form and submit to Forth Valley College

If you're interested in applying, please submit an enquiry below and we will be in touch to help with your application to claim the training grant. 

Download our FWDF booklet

You can also contact us on fwdf@forthvalley.ac.uk for more information. 


The following Short Courses in Accountancy and Law are open for applications under FWDF:

AAT Essentials - Finance for Non-Finance Managers

AAT Essentials - Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 

Employment Law Essentials 

Submit an enquiry

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