Funding and Support

There are various funding options available to help meet your training requirements.

Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) have replaced what were previously Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs).

The scheme means that 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: 

  • 16 or over, not in education or involved in any other SDS funded programme
  • Unemployed and looking to get back into work
  • Employed in a low-income job and looking to progress in your career
  • Resident in Scotland

The aim of the scheme is to improve employability prospects in a way that leads to a recognised qualification. The scheme was refocused to better meet the demands of the job market, and will aim to better support employers to develop their workforce and address any skills gaps.

For more information on ITAs, eligibility and available courses, visit the Skills Development Scotland website

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Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI)

The Scottish Government's Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) is designed to encourage businesses to recruit by offering a cash incentive. Employer Recruitment Incentive payments of up to £1,500 are available to employers who recruit a targeted young person (TYP) as a Modern Apprentice or into employment of 15 hours or more per week.

Find out more about Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive

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Adopt an Apprentice

Adopt an Apprentice is a scheme which helps Modern Apprentices continue with their training in a new workplace after being made redundant by another employer. Not only will your business benefit from a skilled trainee, but you could also receive a £2,000 incentive to help cover wage and recruitment costs. Please note that if the Modern Apprentice has been made redundant from the Oil & Gas sector, the incentive available has now increased to £5,000.

Find out more about the Adopt an Apprentice scheme

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Part-time Fee Grant

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) provides financial support towards the cost of tuition fees on Higher Education courses.

Find out more about Part-time Fee Grants on the SAAS website

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Our Skillsforce

Our Skillsforce offers skills support, advice and help for employers through Skills Development Scotland. It provides employers with help relating to staff training, funding, recruitment and Modern Apprenticeships.

The online, helpline and face-to-face service includes free consultancy, HR support and access to funding.  

For more information please visit: www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/for-employers

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