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Be rewarded for reducing waste and going greener

Are you an employer with fewer than 100 employees? Then you can apply for up to £5,000 with the Low Carbon Skills Fund. The fund can help you cover employee training costs in areas such as renewable energy and low-carbon technologies, energy efficiency, waste management and reuse, and reducing carbon in supply and energy management.

How it works

We refund up to 50% of employee training costs, up to a maximum of £1,000 per employee. It's an opportunity to further develop within your industry and help Scotland become more sustainable. 

Eligible training includes:

  • Renewable energy, low carbon technologies and microgeneration
  • Energy efficiency, environmental and clean technologies
  • Waste management and reuse
  • Reducing carbon in supply and energy management.

Your business needs to employ fewer than 100 people. You can receive up to a maximum of £5,000 for training.

What employers say

David Mawhinney owns Glasgow-based Renewable Installation Solutions Ltd. 

"We had taken on three engineers and wanted to put them all through the same training as others in the business," he said. "Without funding like the Low Carbon Skills Fund we wouldn't have been able to achieve this. "

"As a consequence, we've managed to up-skill our new starts to the level of our other engineers and grow our business."

We're working with lots of companies across industries. Find out how we supported Creative Carbon Scotland to receive training in sustainable events management and environmental management.

Image: George McBride and David Mawhinney of Renewable Installation Solutions

Before you apply

You can apply for the Low Carbon Skills Funding if you have read the rules and guidance and can confirm:

  • The total employee headcount of your business is under 100
  • Your business is based in Scotland, and the participating employees are Scottish residents
  • Your business or enterprise is a private sector, voluntary or community (not-for-profit) organisation
  • Your business is privately run, and its staff development costs are not funded by the Public Sector
  • Your training plans are fully eligible, as stated above
  • You are able to provide SDS with evidence to confirm the status of your business
  • You accept the terms and conditions outlined in the rules and guidance document.

The incentive is also open to businesses operating as sole traders. You are defined as a sole trader if you are trading as an individual, carry unlimited liability, and are personally responsible for your business.

Just so you know..  

The Low Carbon Skills Fund closes for new applications on 31 March 2017 and all training needs to be completed by this date.


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