Employability Fund

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What is the Employability Fund?

Administered by the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on behalf of the Scottish Government, the Employability Fund is targeted funding to support the Youth Employment Strategy by delivering up to 8,000 new opportunities across Scotland.

It's designed to offer fully-funded training opportunities to support unemployed people to develop new skills to move towards and into work. The Fund can be used to support people to develop the employability and vocational skills they need to make the transition into a Modern Apprenticeship or job.

Commonly, the fund is accessed by people aged 18 years or older who are under threat of redundancy or are out of work. It can be used to provide training courses that are between 1 day and 12 weeks in length to help you develop the skills you need for a job.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Empolyability Fund

To qualify for the training, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be under threat of redundancy or unemployed

Please also note that training has to be completed and certified by 31 March 2022.

You should submit the following or at least provide a self-certification that you are either unemployed or facing the threat of redundancy.

  • Birth Certificate or other proof of age.
  • Certificates to show any pre-course academic requirements have been met.
  • Redundancy letter.
  • Any other evidence that employment is at risk e.g. letter from employer. 
  • Evidence from Job Centre.

You should have started the training under the fund by 31 March 2022, with training to be completed within the 12 weeks thereafter.

Only one course at a time that is Government Funded.

The fund can be used to get you the skills you need to get a job. This could be training of any kind, as long as it's between 1 day and 12 weeks long and intended on allowing you to develop the skills and confidence you need to get into the world of work.