Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a key long-term target for Scotland. Businesses will need to become more energy efficient, reduce resource use, and adopt sustainable practices and processes.

But we know they might need new skills and training for their workforce in order to do that. That’s where the Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF) comes in.

£5,000 towards training

The LCSF enables small businesses from any sector to access training in low carbon methods. Up to £5,000 is available. We refund up to 50% of employee training costs, up to a maximum of £1,000 per employee.

Training might include:

  • Energy efficiency measures
  • Waste management and re-use
  • Energy assessors or advisers
  • Sustainable resource management
  • Installing microgeneration products such as biomass boilers, groundsource heat pumps, or solar panels.

Affordable sustainability

By covering part of the cost of training, the Low Carbon Skills Fund gives small businesses access to new skills that will be essential for moving to a low carbon economy. 

From a survey of employers who’ve used the funding so far, 83% of respondents said they saw an increase in the skills and competencies of their staff. 

Business development

Glasgow-based Renewable Installation Solutions Ltd. used the fund to develop expertise in installing biomass heating systems.

The Low Carbon Skills Fund has really helped us grow our business. Myself and my business partner George McBride now have certificates for biomass installation, heat pump installation and solar thermal installation. We have taken on three engineers, we hope to take on another three soon, and we would like to put them all through the same training as us, but we could only achieve this with the type of funding offered by the Low Carbon Skills Fund.

David Mawhinney, owner of Renewable Installation Solutions

Want to know more?

Applications for Low Carbon Skills Funding for the financial year 2016-17 are being accepted from Friday 22 April, 2016. Check out Our Skillsforce for further details.