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 Engineering and Manufacturing Sector
  • Upskilling in the Compound Seminconductor sector and its supply chain
  • support skills gaps and upskilling in the Creative Sector

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.

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.
Leadership and Management Planning; communication; decision-making; delegation; problem-solving; motivating staff; team building; project management; negotiating; managing behaviour; supply chain management.

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

In addition, Leadership and Management (L&M) training may also be added to an Export Training application.  Funding requests for L&M training should not exceed 50% of the Advanced Digital Training grant applied for, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Please note that we may be unable to approve a payment where a claim under this programme includes L&M training that exceeds 50% of the value of any grant that is awarded.

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.

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, 
Leadership and Management Planning; communication; decision-making; delegation; problem-solving; motivating staff; team building; project management; negotiating; managing behaviour; supply chain management

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

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

In addition, Leadership and Management (L&M) training may also be added to an Export Training application.  Funding requests for L&M training should not exceed 50% of the Export Training grant applied for, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Please note that we may be unable to approve a payment where a claim under this programme includes L&M training that exceeds 50% of the value of any grant that is awarded.

Engineering and Manufacturing Training

Are you an Engineering or Manufacturing business in Wales?

Programme Details: This programme is designed to provide funding to support Wales-based Engineering and Manufacturing businesses 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.

Quality Tools Failure Mode & Effect Analysis (FMEA), both Design and Process; Process Flow Diagram; Control Plan
Process Capability; Culture Change Programmes
Technology Robotics; Automation; Artificial Intelligence; Pneumatics
Hydraulics; Electronics; Specific process training such as Plastic injection, Welding
Advanced Materials Composites; Additive manufacture / 3D printing
CAD/CAM Catia; Solid Works; Specific training related to Machine systems such as MAZAK, Heidenheim, Fanuc
Leadership and Management Planning; communication; decision-making; delegation; problem-solving; motivating staff; team building; project management; negotiating; managing behaviour; supply chain management

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

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

In addition, Leadership and Management (L&M) training may also be added to an Engineering and Manufacture Training application.  Funding requests for L&M training should not exceed 50% of the Engineering and Manufacture grant applied for, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Please note that we may be unable to approve a payment where a claim under this programme includes L&M training that exceeds 50% of the value of any grant that is awarded.

Compound Semiconductor Skills and Training

This programme is designed to provide funding support to Wales-based businesses that wish to upskill their workforce and help develop an agile workforce for the Compound Semiconductor Cluster in Wales.  The programme is most likely to suit companies that operate in the compound semiconductor sector and it’s supply chain.

Funding is available to support employees of Wales-based businesses attend training courses that are relevant to the sector.  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.

Training Examples  
Productivity and competitiveness Quality Core tools; Auditor training; Business improvement Techniques
Technology Maintenance; New equipment; Process and operations
Software Development; Modification; Programming
HR and Financial Managing Processes; Financial Compliance
Leadership and Management Planning; communication; decision-making; delegation; problem-solving; motivating staff; team building; project management; negotiating; managing behaviour; supply chain management

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

In addition, Leadership and Management (L&M) training may also be added to an Compound Semiconductor Training application.  Funding requests for L&M training should not exceed 50% of the Compound Semiconductor Training grant applied for, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Please note that we may be unable to approve a payment where a claim under this programme includes L&M training that exceeds 50% of the value of any grant that is awarded.

Creative Sector Skills and Training

This programme is designed to provide funding support to Wales-based businesses that wish to address skills gaps and upskill their workforce and help develop an agile workforce for the Creative Sector in Wales.

Funding is available to support employees of Wales-based businesses attend training courses that are relevant to the sector.  This can include face-to-face, or online training.  The maximum contribution expected from the Welsh Government is £25,000.

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.

Training Examples  
Production and post production training Editing, dubbing, SFX
Use of new technology for your company and engineering for creative technologies Filming with a Drone, VR, music engineering, digital content management
Marketing and branding for creative industries Website, social media
Traditional and contemporary content creation training Scripting, creating digital content for the web/Digital media
Financial training Production accountancy
Legal and business training for film, television and television production and music IP, Copyright, contracts, negotiation skills
Leadership and Management Planning; communication; decision-making; delegation; problem-solving; motivating staff; team building; project management; negotiating; managing behaviour; supply chain management

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

In addition, Leadership and Management (L&M) training may also be added to a Creative Sector Training application.  Funding requests for L&M training should not exceed 50% of the Creative Sector Training grant applied for, up to a maximum of £5,000.

Please note that we may be unable to approve a payment where a claim under this programme includes L&M training that exceeds 50% of the value of any grant that is awarded.

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 2021.

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.