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.

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 bear an original signature and can be scanned and sent electronically, or delivered to us in hard copy format.

For repeat or progression courses an Ongoing Demand Application form should be submitted. This training should take place at the same workplace as the initial course, or at a site located within 10-12 miles of the initial course for the same employer.

The Learning Fund is currently running until March 2021. Details of any further programme will be issued in due course.

Lowlands and Uplands Scotland Contact

Tricia Gallagher

Funding and Policy Officer

Scottish Union Learning

333 Woodlands Road

Glasgow, G3 6NG

Tel: 0141 337 8150


Highlands and Islands Scotland Contact

Eleanor Adam

Development Officer - Highlands and Islands

Scottish Union Learning

UNISON Building

53 Shore Street

Inverness, IV1 1NF

Tel: 01463 248 905