The Learning Fund

The Learning Fund finances collective learning provision. Delivery of these learning opportunities is predominantly in the workplace or at an agreed alternative location, but, where this is not possible, online learning can also take place.

The Learning Fund is funding of last resort and unions will need to demonstrate that all other avenues of funding have been exhausted before applying to the Fund.

Application Process

Applications to the Learning Fund will be received on a rolling programme basis and must be submitted by trade unions rather than by individual learners.

Courses will be put out to competitive tender to a list of approved STUC suppliers and contracts for delivery will be awarded following consideration and approval by the Learning Fund Advisory Panel which is made up of Scottish Union Learning Board members.

Learning Fund Application Forms

Applications to the Learning Fund must be signed by an authorised full time trade union official and emailed to us.

The current Learning Fund programme will run from April 2021 until March 2023.

To download the application and criteria form for 2021-23 please see the right hand panel.

Lowlands and Uplands Scotland Contact

Catherine Macdonald, Funding Officer
Tel: 0141 337 8151 or email Catherine.

Highlands and Islands Scotland Contact

Craig Finnie, Development Officer - Highlands and Islands
Tel: 07485 327321 or email Craig.

Related resources

Learning Fund 2021/23 Course Application Form (H&I) Learning Fund Course Application Form - H&I, updated August 2021

Learning Fund 2021/23 Course Application Form (LUPS) Learning Fund Course Application Form - LUPS, updated August 2021

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