Funding & Support

Funding to Support Training for Individuals

Individual TRAINING Account (ila)

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.

You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers.

To find out more or to apply, visit


Part-Time Funding Grant (PTFG)

The Part-time Fee Grant is funded by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). The grant gives help each year towards the cost of your tuition fees. The level of tuition fee you can receive will depend on the number of credits you do and the qualification you are studying.

To qualify for support, you will need to meet eligibility criteria on income, courses and qualifications, other funding, course providers and residence.

Funding to Support Businesses

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

This fund has been established to provide employers with flexible workforce development training opportunities to support inclusive economic growth through up-skilling or reskilling of employees. The fund is open to organisations that currently pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This funding is in addition to the existing apprenticeship support which all employers are eligible to access in Scotland; and Individual Training Accounts (ITA’s) which provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to undertake learning opportunities to develop their skills for employment. This fund may be particularly beneficial in addressing skills gaps and the training needs of the older workforce.

Key facts

· The FWDF is available to all levy-paying employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sectors

· Each levy-paying employer can access up to a maximum of £10,000 in 2017-18

· The FWDF can be used as part-contribution towards training of a higher cost

· Levy-paying employers may submit only one application (in Scotland) within the application period. This application is submitted to your nearest College.

· The training must be able to be completed by June 2018

· The FWDF will not support provision of qualifications or training required by legislation

We will be processing applications on a first come first served basis, contact us now to register your interest in this fund at A member of our Business Solutions Team will contact you to discuss your training needs and help you make a formal application. Applications close: Friday 15 December 2017. For more information visit the Scottish Government.


Modern Apprenticeships

Financial support to help cover the cost of training a young employee studying on a Modern Apprenticeship Programme.

Adopt an Apprentice ensures that businesses not only benefit from a skilled trainee, but also receive a £2000 state aid incentive.

The financial incentive helps contribute to the wage and recruitment costs of taking on a Modern Apprentice who has been made redundant from another employer.

Flexible Training Opportunities

Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with up to 100 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so the employer does not have to pay it back.

Low Carbon Skills Fund

The Low Carbon Skills Fund gives Scottish businesses, with up to 250 employees, the opportunity to apply for up to £12,500 towards employee training costs. Eligible training includes:

Renewable energy, low carbon technologies and micro generation
Energy efficiency, environmental and clean technologies
Waste management and re-use
Reducing carbon in supply and energy management.

The funding for training provides funding for up to 25 episodes of training; 50% of training costs, up to a maximum of £500 per episode.

Employer Recruitment Incentive 

Employers can receive a payment of £1,500 when they take on a young person aged 16-29 who is facing significant challenges.