The Scottish Government has announced that it is investing funds to be made available for thousands of businesses to help upskill their workforce.
Thanks to the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, organisations of all sizes will be able to apply for £15,000 worth of funding to help retrain staff and provide increased and improved opportunities.
The training and skills can be accessed through local colleges, the Open University in Scotland, and Skills Development Scotland, with the fund now in its sixth year. Qualifying organisations will be paying the UK Apprenticeships Levy or be small-to-medium businesses.
Jamie Hepburn, Youth Employment and Training Minister, said:
“We know times ae tough for many businesses, so this funding will help them continue investing in their workforce – addressing skills gaps and improving productivity. A skilled workforce is vital to our economy, and we want as many business as possible to benefit from this scheme.
“For the first time, all eligible employers can access training available via local colleges, Skills Development Scotland, and the Open University, tailored to their needs. His provided an incredible opportunity for workers to upskill at a time when many businesses are opting for new ways of working.
“I would encourage all employers to find out more about the opportunities available to them.”
With the ongoing focus from the UK Government being on increasing opportunities, this will not only benefit the businesses, but also the workforce and the communities.