The Scottish Government has announced plans to introduce a new £10 million skills fund which will bring the college sector together with industry to better support in-work training.
The new Workforce Development Fund will be introduced to provide employers with workforce development training to up-skill and re-skill their existing workforce. Due to be introduced in Autumn 2017 the fund will also address skills gaps and the training needs of older workers where a full apprenticeship might not be appropriate.
The fund will be developed with the input of employers through the industry-led Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board, Colleges Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council. Details about this new fund are scarce at present. The rationale for restricting the fund to colleges is unclear and STF has sought clarification from the Scottish Government. More details.