SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

Use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. It's not a loan, so you do not have to pay it back.

Find ITA courses

How to get your ITA

Follow these 4 steps to find out how to get your ITA.

  1. Search for an ITA course using our course search
  2. Apply online for ITA using the link in the course details.
  3. Receive confirmation.
  4. Contact the training provider to confirm and book your course.

Check if you're eligible

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 £22,000 or less per year and looking to progress in or change your job
  • resident in Scotland

What happens next

Once you've applied we'll send you a confirmation email with details of what you need to do next.

You must then book onto a course within four weeks of receiving your confirmation email.

To book a place, you'll need to prove your income. Your confirmation email will list a note of the documents accepted as proof.

Read our ITA privacy statement.

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

You can also email us at

If you're in the forces

Learn more about what ITA funding and other support is available for those in the forces at