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Upskilling Scotland

We work with businesses, employers, communities, and individuals to provide workplace skills.

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Funding for employers

Through the Flexible Workforce Development Fund, small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Scotland can access training up to the value of £5,000, provided by the OU to support staff development. Apprenticeship Levy-paying employers across Scotland can access training up to the value of £15,000. 

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Employers and business case studies

Businesses, employers, and communities across Scotland are being provided with funded workplace skills development opportunities. Many of them receive support through the Open University’s Flexible Workforce Development Fund programme, meet some of them here. 

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Upskilling for employees

Our undergraduate and postgraduate microcredential courses are popular for upskilling within a short period of time. There are free places available to people in Scotland on fully-funded microcredentials for career progression. Individuals can make direct applications, independently of their employer. 

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Employability skills

We support workers who are at risk of redundancy to gain skills for career and employment opportunities, from a dedicated skills portal to online webinars and individual advice.

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Job seekers & young people

Job seekers and young people across Scotland can access free training to support work skills and career prospects through an online portal.

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Upskilling news

Explore our skills at work articles for latest ideas, views and research.