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Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Woman with her own small business, sitting at a desk with a laptop and packaging materials. Many of Scotland’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to upskill or reskill their workforce to boost productivity and growth or adapt to future jobs needs.

We work with enterprise and skills agencies, representative and member organisations to reach SMEs and provide support through a range of workforce development solutions.


Flexible Workforce Development Fund 2020-21: Phase 2

We’re delighted that small to medium-sized businesses across Scotland can now access training up to the value of £5,000 delivered by The Open University to support upskilling or retraining employees leading to enhanced productivity and growth. This is a new fund for SMEs announced by the Scottish Government.

We will help businesses with a tailored suite of training for employees, delivered online through the OU’s innovative platforms. This is a highly flexible way to access the training you need in the workplace or from home whilst accommodating operational requirements.

Workforce development options will focus on areas where skills gaps exist across Scotland like business, management, IT, digital, health and social care and the green economy and support business productivity and growth. 

The OU will support SMEs through training solutions at Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 10 undergraduate or SCQF level 11 (postgraduate level) and through industry recognised or accredited provision

How can I find out more?

Further information and full details of the application process will be announced shortly. If you are interested learning more, enquire here and a business team advisor will be in touch. 

As the owner of a small rural business, the OU has provided me with an upskilling opportunity enabling me to share key skills with local SME’s during these difficult times.

Ross Stopper, Hot Gecko Media Ltd, Shetland