FAQs about the new ILA scheme

We've pulled together some questions and answers about the changes to Individual Learning Accounts.
About 3 mins

I haven’t used all of my funding under the old ILA, can I still use it?

Any remaining funding in your existing ILA can be used as long as your account is open. You’ll need to book your course by the end of June and attend the course before the end of September. No further bookings will be taken after 31 August 2017 under the old ILA scheme. Unused funds will not be carried over into learner accounts set up under the new Individual Training Account (ITA) scheme.

My account isn’t due to expire until 2018 – so can I use the remainder of my ILA funding?

On 30 September 2017, all ILA accounts will be automatically closed. This means that you’ll lose any unused funds. You can use your funding before this date but you must book your course before 31 August 2017 – it won’t be possible to make any further bookings on the existing scheme after this date.

Will I need to wait until my learner year ends before applying for the new ITA?

If your account is due to expire in April or May 2017 then you need to get your renewal application to us by mid May 2017 in order to renew your account.  If your account expires after 31 May 2017 then you’ll need to wait until the new ITA scheme starts in October and apply for a new account then. Accounts that are opened or renewed on or before 31 May 2017 will operate only until 30 September 2017, and any bookings under the account must be made by 31 August 2017.

I was eligible for funding under the old ILA scheme, will I still be eligible for the new ITA?

Providing you meet eligibility criteria you’ll be able to reapply. Learner eligibility criteria are likely to remain largely unchanged under the new scheme. But it will require a declaration that you are either in work or actively looking for work. Further details on eligibility will be published on My World of Work later in the year.

When can I apply for the new ITA scheme and book a course?

The new ITA scheme will be open to applications from 23 October 2017. This will be the earliest booking date for any courses. Courses will be shown on My World of Work later this year.

I can’t apply online, so how can I apply for an ITA under the new scheme?

If you’re unable to apply online for the new ITA scheme then there are several options available to you. You can visit your local SDS office where one of our advisors will help you make your online application. Online services and help using them are available in your local library. You can also phone the SDS Individual helpline on 0800 917 8000 for further advice and assistance.

What courses will be available?

Only courses resulting in training or skills recognised in that sector as being of value in entering or progressing in employment. This requirement is in line with Scotland’s Labour Market Strategy.