The Flexible Skills Programme has been launched again for 2022 / 2023, an initiative defined and supported by the Welsh Automotive Forum, Industry Wales and Welsh Government since its inception in 2018.
This programme is designed to provide funding to support Wales-based Engineering, Manufacturing and Digital businesses to up-skill their workforce. There are several programmes that are available to companies.
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 2023.
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.
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.
Types of Training:
- Quality Tools (including Failure Mode & Effect Analysis (FMEA), both Design and Process; Process Flow Diagram; Control Plan Process Capability; Culture Change Programmes, such as train the trainer)
- Technology (including Robotics; Automation; Artificial Intelligence; Pneumatics, Hydraulics; Electronics; Specific process training such as Plastic injection, Welding; Vendor Training such as ABB)
- Advanced Materials (such as Composites; Additive manufacture / 3D printing CAD/CAM, Catia; Solid Works; Specific training related to Machine systems such as MAZAK, Heidenheim, & Fanuc)
- Leadership and Management (including Planning; communication; decision-making; delegation; problem-solving; motivating staff; team building; interpersonal skills; project management; time management; stress management; prioritising; negotiating; managing behaviour & supply chain management)
- Digital Skills (including Software Development, Programming; Testing; Bug fixing; Agile methodology; Robotic process automation; Artificial intelligence, Technology
- Management, Data Analytics/Science, Information and Cyber Security)
- Exporting (such as Finance, Sales & Marketing, Customs Processes, Export Process and Market Awareness)
Each business can make one application to this programme per annum.
Next Steps and Expressions of Interest:
If you think you are eligible and are interested in applying for this funding, please complete the Expression of Interest form on the Business Wales Website.