Apprenticeship Levy payers can now access fully funded training

West Lothian College can provide fully funded training for your workforce through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

The Scottish Government has introduced a new Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) to provide employers with workforce development training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce.  Employers paying the Apprenticeship Levy can apply to the Flexible Workforce Development Fund from 11 September 2017.

Key Information

  • The FWDF is available to all levy-paying employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sectors
  • The FWDF will allow employers to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce
  • Each levy-paying employer can access up to a maximum of £10,000 in 2017/18, the fund can also be used as a contribution of £10,000 towards training in excess of the award
  • Employers may submit only one application to the fund within the application period
  • The FWDF is in addition to apprenticeship support which all employers are eligible to access in Scotland
  • The FWDF will not support provision of qualifications or training required by legislation

Application Process

When completing an application form please refer to the notes of guidance.

Application dates are:

Applications open:  Monday 11st September 2017

Applications close:  Friday 15th December 2017

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility or completing the form the College team can assist you 

What happens next?

The college will check the application against the Scottish Government guidelines for eligibility.  Funding will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Contact our Commercial team for some help and advice on what training is available.


Tel:  01506 427939 / 07985538934

To return your form you can either email your application to or post to West Lothian College, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston, EH54 7EP 

Download - Scottish Government Guidance for Employers

Download - Employer Application Form

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