SDS Individual Training Accounts

Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) are payments of up to £200 which can be used to help you fund training.

What is an ITA?

The main purpose of an ITA is to help people develop the skills they need to push their career to the next level. If you fit the eligibility criteria, you could be given up to £200 per year towards a training course.

And the best part? ITA funding is not a loan, meaning the money does not need to be paid back.

What you can get with an ITA

An ITA is an opportunity to develop your job prospects. You can use the funds to build the skills you need for a job or get some training to progress your career.

  • you'll get up to £200 towards a training course or learning opportunity
  • you do not need to pay back the funds
  • you’ll build skills, give your career a boost or change roles

Who ITAs are for

ITA funding could be right for you if you meet the below eligibility criteria:

  • aged 16 or over and living in Scotland
  • not currently in education or involved with any other Skills Development Scotland (SDS) programme
  • unemployed and looking to get back into work or employed and earning £22,000 or less per year

How to access ITAs

SDS will accept up to 28,000 ITA applications this year.

To get your application started:

  1. search for an ITA course using our course search
  2. apply online for funding using the link in the course details
  3. receive your confirmation
  4. contact the learning provider and confirm to book your course

If you're in the forces

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

So, if you're ordinarily resident in Scotland, but are serving overseas, you would be eligible for an ITA.

'Ordinarily resident' means that you live in Scotland by choice, apart from temporary or occasional absences such as holidays or business trips. 

If you've left the armed forces or are a veteran, you can learn more about your support options here.


Ready to find your first ITA course?

Use course search