SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

Important notice

Individual Training Account applications are on hold as the initial target of 3700 applications has been met.  

SDS and the Scottish Government are exploring options to maximise the impact of the scheme, within the available budget. 

If your application has been approved, you must book onto a course within four weeks of receiving your confirmation email. 

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ITA funding

Who's 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 and earning less than £22,000 per year
  • Resident in Scotland

The application process

Individual Training Account applications are on hold as the initial target of 3700 applications has been met.  

If you're application has been approved, you must 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.

Remember, you'll have four weeks from the time your application is successful to make a booking. 

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. 

Accessibility 

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 573 4883.

You can also email us at ITA@sds.co.uk.

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.

(*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.)​​​​​​​

Find a course

Although ITA funding isn't available at this time, you can still have a look at the courses on offer