Local MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane has called on local Clackmannanshire businesses not to miss out on an opportunity to apply for up to £10,000 worth of funding thanks to the Scottish Government’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund.

This £1 million fund was set up by the Scottish Government for all organisations in the private, public and third sector who pay the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy. Organisations can apply for vocational and professional development training offered by Forth Valley College in areas such as people skills, human resources and digital skills.

Time is running out for companies and organisations to apply with the application deadline set for Friday 15 December 2017. More than 700 businesses and organisations in Forth Valley may be eligible.

Keith Brown MSP commented: “This is a great opportunity for local organisations across the private, public and third sectors in Clackmannanshire to receive up to £10,000 worth of funding to enhance the skills of their employees.

“Around £500,000 remains in the Flexible Workforce Development Fund and I would encourage all businesses and organisations who are subject to the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy to apply. Successful applicants will receive funding to address knowledge gaps and reskill and upskill their staff.

“The Scottish Government is consistently seeking out new ways to make our economy even stronger and make Scotland a more competitive and attractive place for businesses. By having a skilled work force that is supported by government investment, we can ensure this happens.”