We recognise that these are concerning times and that many businesses are worried about the impact that the unprecedented disruption of COVID-19 is causing. 

Our absolute priority is supporting individuals, employers, partners and colleagues through the effects of the pandemic. 

Our services remain open and accessible, however the nature of our delivery is changing in response to public health advice.   

If you are worried about the short-term impact of COVID-19 on your business please contact the PACE helpline on 0800 917 800. 

Please refer to the FAQs below for further help and advice. 

Where can I access funding to support my business through the impacts of COVID-19?

Where can I access funding to support my business through the impacts of COVID-19? 

The Scottish Government have announced a range of interventions designed to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.  There is also guidance for businesses around social distancing.

The Scottish Government have established a helpline as a first point of contact for employers.  

The helpline number is 0300 303 0660 and is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm.  

Advice and support for employers covering a broad range of topics affecting business continuity is available at findbusinesssupport.gov.scot

Where can I access guidance on how to manage my business and support my staff?

Advice and support for employers covering a broad range of topics affecting business continuity is available at findbusinesssupport.gov.scot.

ACAS has advice for employers and employees on health and safety of staff and sick pay requirements 

You can download a checklistfrom Scottish Enterprise which explains the steps you should be taking to prepare for potential disruption.

Scottish Enterprise have collated further sources of advice and support for business.

How do I find out more about 'key worker' status for my employees? 

The Scottish Government is offering guidance to employers on what staff are considered key workers.  

How can I support staff faced with redundancy? 

The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy.   

To find out more visit redundancyscotland.co.uk 

To speak to our PACE team please call us on 0800 917 800.

I currently offer Foundation Apprenticeship placements – what should I do? 

Employers are advised to keep in regular contact with your learning provider e.g. college or training facility for advice on delivery and support. 

I have a question related to Modern or Graduate Apprentices in my business.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has considered and agreed measures to reduce disruption to contract holders, employers and apprentices in the delivery of Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships, and the Employability Fund.  Find out more   

Employers are advised to keep in regular contact with your learning provider e.g. college, university or training facility for advice on delivery and support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) support page for more information on the support and advice we can offer at this time.