SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

Important update

The Individual Training Account scheme is currently closed to new applicants.

SDS are currently working with Scottish Government to explore options for the year ahead, subject to budget. Please check back for updates.

In the meantime why not have a look at the free online courses available in a range of subjects.

Is an ITA right for me?

You could receive up to £200 towards a single course or training episode per year. ITA funding could be right for you if you're: 

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Not in education or involved in any other SDS funded programme
  • Unemployed and looking to get back into work
  • Employed, earning less than £22,000 per year and looking to progress in or change your job
  • Resident in Scotland

How to apply

ITA is currently closed to applications. Check back for updates. 

Courses costing more than £200

We’ll pay up to £200 towards the cost of your ITA approved training course. You’ll pay any outstanding balance direct to the training provider. 


We want to make sure ITA is accessible to all learners. 

If you have a special requirement or a disability and would like some additional help, please contact our helpline on 0800 917 8000. We have a Textphone service for customers who are deaf: 0141 420 3752.

You can also email us at

In the forces?

Under the temporary non-resident arrangements, forces personnel are treated as being resident at the establishment where they are based.

If they are ordinarily resident in Scotland but are serving overseas, they would be eligible.

Learn more about support for veterans ​​​​​​​

(*Ordinarily resident means that you live in Scotland year after year by choice, apart from temporary or occasional absences such as holidays or business trips. Living here totally or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education may not count as being ordinarily resident. If you are not a UK national, you must be settled in Scotland (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) immediately before the date on which you made your application.)​​​​​​​