Flexible Workforce Development Fund

Funding for local employers to help reskill and train their employees content

Funding for local employers to help reskill and train their employees

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) was launched by the Scottish Government in September 2017 and is funded through contributions to the UK Apprenticeship Levy. Now in its sixth year, in 2022/23 the fund will provide £10m of training to employers in Scotland.

The aim of the fund is to provide eligible employers with workforce development training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. This training will enable employers to address skills gaps within their workforce and allow them to become more productive and efficient, as well as helping with post-COVID recovery.

We appreciate that all businesses have widely differing skills and training needs, so courses at UHI Shetland can be bespoke and tailored to individual needs/requirements. You can also see a list of courses below that are applicable for FWDF funding.

Who is Eligible?

  • Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy can access up to £15k of funding
  • Small to medium businesses (under 250 employees) can access up to £5k of funding

Contact study.shetland@uhi.ac.uk mentioning your interest in the FWFD, and we will be more than happy to discuss any training requirements and eligibility questions you may have. Alternatively you can call us on 01595 771000.

Applications must be received by July 31st 2023.

Courses must be completed by end of December 2023.

Core Skills and Business content

Core Skills and Business

Core Skills and Business

  • ICDL Individual Units
  • Advanced ICDL units
  • Core Skills units – Numeracy, Communication and ICT
  • Sage Accounts
  • Sage Payroll
  • Excel Intermediate
  • Excel Advanced
Health and Safety content

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

All the below courses are half-day courses

  • Asbestos Awareness
  • COSHH Regulations
  • Fire Warden and Fire Safety
  • Manual Handling
  • Risk Assessment
  • Working Safely at Heights
Management Masterclasses content

Management Masterclasses

Management Masterclasses

  • Managing Change
  • Managing Effective Teams
  • Managing Health and Safety
  • Planning Ahead and Time Management
Developing your Team content

Developing your Team

Developing your Team

  • Handling Stress at Work
  • Effective Customer Service
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Mentoring
Technology, Maritime and Built Environment content

Technology, Maritime and Built Environment

Technology, Maritime and Built Environment

  • Intensive machining courses (either introductory or advanced)
  • Intensive welding courses (either introductory or advanced which can include TWI approved qualifications in coded MIG/MAG, TIG & MMA)
  • MCA recognised Approved Engine Course part 1 (AEC 1) (Where it is not a statutory requirement for the employment of the individual role)
  • 1 day 3D Printing Course
  • Navigation Bridge Simulator Training
  • Workboat Stability (Where it is not a statutory requirement for the employment of the individual role)
Aquaculture content

Aquaculture

Aquaculture

  • e-learning Technical Cage Aquaculture
  • e-learning Introductory Fish Farm Containment
  • e-learning RAS Water Quality Awareness
  • e-earning Fish Vaccination
  • e-learning Internal Auditing Techniques for Aquaculture
  • e-earning Biosecurity