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Funding available to third sector employers

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The Flexible Workforce Development Fund aims to support organisations having to pay the new Apprenticeship Levy

Third sector groups which are subject to the Apprenticeship Levy are being invited to apply to a new fund.

The Flexible Workforce Development Fund has been created by the Scottish Government to support employers that face costs as part of the UK government administered levy.

The tax on all organisations that employ paid staff has been set at 0.5% of their PAYE bill.

Funding of up to £15,000, which is aimed at mitigating the cost of the levy, is available to eligible groups to help upskill and reskill existing employees.

Minister for business, fair work and skills, Jamie Hepburn, said: “The Scottish Government has been clear in our opposition to the UK government’s Apprenticeship Levy. To help employers with the impact of this unwelcome UK tax on Scottish levy payers, the extension of our £10 million Flexible Workforce Development Fund will continue to support investment in workforce skills and training opportunities.

“Available to support all employees of all ages and across the private, public and third sectors, I would encourage all those who are subject to the apprenticeship levy in Scotland to get in touch with our colleges to learn more about the opportunities available to them to improve and diversity their skillset and benefit from new training opportunities.”

When the fund was launched as a pilot last year, third sector organisations said they faced a race against time to gain funding, as they were being put in competition with private and public sector organisations.



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