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Our university partnership spans nine local authorities, two enterprise regions and seven health boards. We are working with Scottish government, public sector bodies and agencies to support local and regional business.

The Scottish government has introduced a number of new initiatives to support businesses in recognition of the challenges brought about as a result of COVID-19.

These measures include the provision of much needed financial support towards upskilling existing employees and, recognising the impact that COVID has had on young people, towards taking on a young person either as an apprentice or through a work placement opportunity.

Upskilling funding (Scottish Funding Council) content

Upskilling funding (Scottish Funding Council)

Upskilling funding (Scottish Funding Council)

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, the university will offer a range of modules linked to key skills for upskilling individuals and the workforce and for regional economic recovery starting from January 2021. These modules will be free of charge and will be delivered online.

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Apprenticeship Employer Grant content

Apprenticeship Employer Grant

Apprenticeship Employer Grant

Employers can now access funding to help towards the costs of employ or upskilling a young person under the Modern Apprenticeship programme.

  • £5,000 is available for an employer taking on or upskilling a 16-24 year old apprentice and for those aged 29 who are disabled, care leavers or minority ethnic.
  • £3,500 is available for taking on or upskilling an apprentice aged 25 plus.

Funding is available for apprentice starts on or after 1 December and will be available until 25 March 2021 or until the funding levels are exceeded.

For more information - https://www.apprenticeships.scot/

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Kickstart

Kickstart

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. The fund pays 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for 6 months.

Start date for the work placements can be spread over the year with starts up to 31 December 2021.

For more information : https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for Levy Payers content

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for Levy Payers

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for Levy Payers

Are you an employer paying the Apprenticeship Levy?

Eligible employers can use the FWDF now in its 4th year to address priority skills gaps in their organisation by accessing funding to create tailored training programmes with their local college.

Managed through the Scottish Funding Council Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy can access up to £15,00 for upskilling employees.

Many employers across the Highlands and Islands have already accessed a wide range of training, much of which was developed specifically for them in line with their skills requirements.

For the full employer guidance on the live 2019/20 and 2020/21 fund  http://www.sfc.ac.uk/publications-statistics/guidance/2020/SFCGD232020.aspx

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) content

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

Funding is now available through the Flexible Workforce Development fund for Small to Medium Enterprises (for the purpose of the fund this means companies with 250 or less employees) to support business upskilling. Up to £5,000 is available for each SME.

For the full employer guidance http://www.sfc.ac.uk/publications-statistics/guidance/2020/SFCGD262020.aspx

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - Skills for Growth content

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - Skills for Growth

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) - Skills for Growth

Skills for Growth is a skills diagnostics service for businesses between 5 and 250 employees.

It is delivered by Skills Development Scotland in partnership with Remarkable (previously Investors in People). The service is free of charge and works with business to help understand skills needs and create a detailed action plan identifying skills requirements.

https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/develop-your-workforce/skills-for-growth/

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