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Economic Recovery & Funding Support

UWS prides itself on providing courses for upskilling, reskilling and retraining in today’s economic climate.

The workplace has changed significantly in recent months, leaving many employees and employers requiring support – whether in gaining new skills, or looking for new opportunities. UWS is the local university for over 40% of Scotland’s population and the largest provider of education in many sectors, so we are uniquely placed to understand the specific challenges facing our communities and industry sectors in the years ahead. We work closely with public, private and third sector partners to understand the needs of their employees and we are committed to supporting economic recovery in the UK in a post-Covid world.


The UWS Upskilling Fund is delivered by the Scottish Funding Council and was introduced to help tackle skills gaps across Scotland.

To be eligible for the Upskilling Fund, you will need to be:

  • resident in Scotland for at least the last 3 years or employed by an organisation with a business address in Scotland;
  • a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK;
  • and 18+ years of age.

If you are successful in obtaining funding, you are only required to pay either a registration fee (amount varies per module) or the total minus the subsidy instead of the full course fee. The amount of funding available for each course is clearly stated on the course page. You will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon completion of your application.

Please note that the Upskilling Fund cannot be transferred to Full Time undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes to reduce the overall course fee. The Upskilling Fund is only available to students who are studying standalone CPD modules.


The National Transition Training Fund is delivered by the Scottish Funding Council and was created to support people in Scotland to upskill and reskill in a rapidly changing labour market e.g., those transitioning through the COVID-19 pandemic, to net zero, or affected by the impact of the EU Exit.

To be eligible for the National Transition Training Fund, you will need to be:

  • resident in Scotland for at least the last 3 years;
  • a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK;
  • and 25+ years of age.

And one of the following:

  • unemployed, at risk of redundancy or your job is under threat as a result of COVID-19 or the economic impact of the EU Exit;
  • have identified a skills gap in your current job or to return to employment; or
  • have identified a skills gap as part of the ‘Just Transition’ to net zero.

If you are successful in obtaining funding, you are only required to pay a registration fee (amount varies per module) instead of the full course fee. You will be provided with a discount code to use at check-out upon completion of your application.

Please note that the National Transition Training Fund cannot be transferred to Full Time undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes to reduce the overall course fee. The Upskilling Fund is only available to students who are studying standalone CPD modules.


Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are written agreements between a service provider and the service user that describes the service to be provided and details any quality or activity requirements. At present, UWS has SLA contracts with the following health boards: NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Highland (Argyll & Bute Division) and NHS Lanarkshire. If you work within any of these health boards, you may be eligible for SLA funding, but please note that it is at the discretion of each health board which programmes are funded. The University does not have control over which programmes or individuals are funded within each health board.

If you are interested in a particular course that is not funded as part of an SLA, you may wish to access Upskilling Funding instead.

If you have any questions regarding any of the funding solutions available for our short courses, please email our team at cpd@uws.ac.uk.


The Renfrewshire Coronovirus Business Support Fund is a £1.3million Renfrewshire Council package of interest-free loans and grants providing immediate help to businesses affected by the pandemic. It has been developed following detailed discussion with 500 local businesses and is designed to make the biggest difference in the short-term to businesses and people self-employed, with all applicants receiving tailored guidance from our in-house Business Gateway advisers. Please visit their website for additional information.


You can find further information on business initiatives and support on our Economic Recovery Portal on our main UWS website.

Please do contact us using the enquiry form or at cpd@uws.ac.uk if there are any courses you would like us to offer or for additional information on any courses displayed.

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