Flexible Skills Programme

Upskilling your employees with the Flexible Skills Programme Partnership Projects

Is your business success constrained by current skills within your business?  Is your business considering a new business opportunity, new technology, an expansion plan and growth?  
Our programmes may be able to help you with financial support towards upskilling your staff.  We currently have specific programmes to help:

  • develop advanced digital skills; 
  • address export related skills challenges
  • support skills gaps in the automotive industry and its supply chain.

Eligibility criteria for funding will apply.  Want to know more?  Click or tap here

Digital Skills 

This programme is designed to provide funding support to Wales-based businesses that wish to upskill their workforce in advanced digital skills.  The programme is most likely to suit companies that operate in the digital sector, although applications are invited from businesses in any sector and from any part of Wales.

Programme Specifics:

Funding is available to support employees of Wales-based businesses attend training courses that are of a highly digital / technical nature.  This can include face-to-face, or online training.

There is no requirement to use any particular training company - the applicant may choose any certified training provider – but any supported training on this programme must either be accredited or to a recognised industry standard.  

The following table lists the areas of training that may be supported under the scheme.


Each business can make one application to this programme per annum.

Training Examples
Software and web application development Programming; Testing; Bug fixing; Agile methodology; Robotic process automation; Artificial intelligence.
Technology project management Software development; IT infrastructure (network design, installation and operation); Information systems; Computer technology. 
Data analytics and data science Data mining; Data integration; Business intelligence; Statistical applications.
Information and Cyber security Managing data; Protection of data; Risk assessment; Social engineering; Phishing and other cyber attacks.

Exporting Skills

This programme is designed to provide funding support to Wales-based businesses that wish to improve their capability to export. The programme is aimed at those businesses that currently export or plan to establish an export capability. In the current uncertain climate many businesses may be forced to develop export expertise and knowledge.

Funding is available to support employees of Wales-based businesses to undertake training courses that will develop exporting expertise.

Programme Specifics:

There is no requirement to use any particular training company – the applicant may select any certified training provider giving due consideration to quality, cost and overall value for money.

The training undertaken must be either accredited or align with a widely recognised industry standard and be transferable in nature.

The following table lists the areas of training that may be supported under the programme. 

Each business can make one application to this programme per annum.

Training Examples
Finance Payment methods, VAT, Pricing goods, international trade and finance
Sales & Marketing International marketing, building overseas sales, routes to market, selecting agents and distributors, e-commerce
Customs Processes & Procedures Incoterms, Documentation, Goods Classification, Import procedures, preferential rates, rules of origin, duty relief, handling dangerous goods
Export Processes Authorised economic operator (AEO), Export Licences, introduction to exporting, understanding exporting, export essentials
Market Awareness Doing business in a market, eg France, China or UAE, Defence exports in USA, business culture
Specialist Support Managing risk, Protecting IP, Managing Currency risk, 

 Assistance can be provided to help identify suitable provider options, if required.

Automotive Sector and its supply chain

Are you a business in the automotive sector or within the sector’s supply chain?

Programme Details: This programme is designed to provide funding to support Wales-based businesses that provide services and/or products to the Automotive sector to up-skill their workforce.

There is no requirement to use any particular training company – the applicant may select any certified training provider giving due consideration to quality, cost and overall value for money. 

The training undertaken must be either accredited or align with a widely recognised industry standard and be transferable in nature.

The following table lists the areas of training that may be supported under the programme. 

Each business can make one application to this programme per annum.

Quality Core Tools Programmable Logic Control
Robotics Fault Finding
Leadership Development Tool Making
Welding National Manufacturing Competitiveness Module
Mechanical Skills New Model launch Excellence

 Assistance can be provided to help identify suitable provider options, if required.

Aerospace, Aviation and Space Sectors and its supply chain

Are you a business in the Aerospace, Aviation and Space sector or within the sector’s supply chain?

Programme Details: This programme is designed to provide funding to support Wales-based businesses that provide services and/or products to the Aerospace, Aviation and Space sectors to up-skill their workforce.

There is no requirement to use any particular training company – the applicant may select any certified training provider giving due consideration to quality, cost and overall value for money.

The training undertaken must be either accredited or align with a widely recognised industry standard and be transferable in nature.

The following table lists the areas of training that may be supported under the programme.

Each business can make one application to this programme per annum.

Quality Tools Failure Mode & Effect Analysis (FMEA), both Design and Process; Process Flow Diagram; Control Plan; Process Capability.
Leadership Training Strategic management; Operational/ Change management; Project management.
Advanced Materials Composite introduction; Design of Experiments; Additive manufacture.
Robotics and automation Introduction to Robotics; Implementing Automation and robotics; Vendor training such as ABB.
CAD/CAM CATIA; Solid Works; Specific programming courses such as Fanuc, Heidenheim, Mazak.

 Assistance can be provided to help identify suitable provider options, if required.

 

Benefits for the business:

All approved training courses will attract a 50% contribution towards the total eligible costs from the Welsh Government. 
The payment will be made in arrears subject to the provision of the necessary evidence that:

  • confirms the individuals fully attended and/or completed the course and 
  • evidence of the training provider costs and the payment made.

Who is Eligible:

Your business must be based in Wales, solvent and you must commit to release staff to undertake the requested training by the end of March 2020.

Each element of training must advance the learning of the individuals involved in at least one of the areas listed in the above table.

Each element of training must improve the capability or capacity of the business.

Funding awards are discretionary and the final decision on eligibility rests with the Welsh Government.

Next Steps and Expression of Interest:

If you think you are eligible and are interested in applying for this funding, please complete the Expression of Interest form and one of our Skills team will respond as soon as possible and no later than 10 working days.