Funding Information for Employers

Funding Information

SQA is ambitious for Scotland's businesses, and a smart, well-trained and qualified workforce is essential to developing a successful economy. Find out more about funding opportunities available to employers in Scotland.

The funding streams included below are included for information purposes only, please contact the companies listed below directly, as SQA have no influence on funding.


Skills Development Scotland: Funding Models for Modern Apprenticeships 2013-14

SDS administers the Scottish Government's public funding contribution towards the cost of training for employees that employers with to support through an approved Modern Apprenticeship framework.

SDS: Funding Models for Modern Apprenticeships 


SDS Individual Learning Accounts (ILA)

Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland and are for the individuals who will benefit most from this support.

SDS Individual Learning Accounts


Adopt an Apprentice

Adopt an Apprentice ensures that businesses not only benefit from a skilled trainee, but also receive a £2000 incentive.

Adopt an Apprentice


Flexible Training Opportunities

Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with up to 100 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs.

Flexible Training Opportunities

Find out more information on Skills Development Scotland funding opportunities


Scottish Enterprise funding

Various grants and funding options are available to businesses of all sizes for research and development, co-investment and technological innovations.

Scottish Enterprise funding


Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme

If you're aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and have a business idea, the Enterprise programme can help you decide whether self-employment is right for you.

Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme


Funding Scotland

This resource is for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.

Funding Scotland


Business Growth Fund

BGF was established in 2011 to help Britain's growing smaller and medium sized businesses. Backed for five of the UK's main banking groups — Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS and Standard Chartered.

Business Growth Fund


Big Lottery Fund

Grants available from £300 to over £500,000 to organisations ranging from small local groups to major national charities.

Big Lottery Fund