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Over £1 million funding available for Fife businesses to train staff

Mon 1 Feb 21

Over £1 million is now available for Fife businesses to use to retrain and upskill their staff.

It comes after the Scottish Government announced that a further £212,000 would be provided as part of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

The fund, which originally provided funding to employers who paid the apprenticeship levy, has been extended so that all small and medium sized businesses can now apply for up to £15,000 worth of training for their employees.

With funding awarded on a first come, first served basis, Fife College is encouraging all private, public and third sector organisations to apply for the funding as soon as possible.

Jan Thomson, Director of Business Development at Fife College, said:

“This fund is a great opportunity for all companies across Fife to upskill and retrain their staff.

“Given the current financial situation caused by the Coronavirus, it’s more important than ever that employers ensure they’re in as strong a position as possible over the coming months.

“Whether it’s to increase productivity among your workforce, or to plug a skills gap, this fund could provide vital help at a time of real need.

“We’d encourage any business in any sector to get in touch with the College and we can discuss the delivery of a development programme that is tailored to the needs of your organisation.

“Funding will be handed out to those who approach us first, so we’d urge anyone who is interested to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

One company that has benefitted from the fund is James Donaldson & Sons Ltd, a local family business established in Fife over 160 years ago which now has over 1,000 employees and operates in over 30 facilities throughout the UK.

The company has used the funding to invest in a six-day qualification in Leadership and Management through Fife College’s Andrew Carnegie Business School.

For more information, to discuss your training requirements or to access help in applying to this fund, contact Fife College’s Business Development team – email [email protected] or call 0344 248 0132.

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