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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 2021-22: Phase 2

We’re delighted that small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Scotland can 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 Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF) for organisations with less than 250 employees is from 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.

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?

Visit our Flexible Workforce Development Fund page for more information and to contact us. 

*For SMEs who have not yet availed of the FWDF 2020-21: Phase 2, applications can still be supported by the OU until the 30 September 2021. Courses begin in October 2021, as well as a range of on-demand options. Businesses can apply for both FWDF 2020-21 and 2021-22.