Funding & Support

Funding to Support Training for Individuals


Individual TRAINING Account (iTa)

To be eligible for an ITA you must be:

  • Over 16, resident in Scotland and in receipt of an annual income of under £22,000 per annum.
  • Not currently receiving funding under any other Skills Development Scotland (SDS) programme and not currently in full-time education.
  • Either unemployed and looking for work or employed and wanting to improve your work or career prospects.

Application Process

Search for your chosen course on myworldofwork.co.uk and apply for ITA Funding.

  • Once you have completed the “myworldofwork” on-line form, SDS will email you, advising you of which original documentation you need to present to us to allow us to confirm your eligibility. This process cannot be completed until we receive your original documents and must be carried out before the start date of your course.
  • If you are unable to come into one of the Finance Offices you can email a copy of your documents to ITA@ayrshire.ac.uk These must be signed and dated to certify the document prior to sending. Alternatively these can be mailed to one of the addresses listed below.
  • Please ensure you have also completed the Colleges’ online application for your course on our website www.ayrshire.ac.uk

Eligibility and Evidence Required

  • Evidence required if you are employed: Last 3 payslips or most recent P60
  • Evidence required if you are self-employed: A letter on your company headed paper confirming income details or a copy of your self assessment tax return

The following are accepted as eligible benefits: Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Universal Credits, Employment Support Allowance, Carers Allowance, Pension Credits or the Maximum Rate Award of Child Tax Credit

  • Evidence required if you are in receipt of benefits: Headed letter from The Department of Work and Pensions Office confirming that you are in receipt of one of the above benefits. The letter should be dated within the last three months and clearly state that the you are in receipt of benefit.
  • Evidence Required for people under the age of retirement: Evidence of your private pension or your most recent P60
  • Evidence Required for people over the age of retirement: Evidence of your private and state pension or your most recent P60

Next Steps

  • If you are eligible to receive ITA Funding, we will confirm this and verify the start and end date of your ITA Learner Year.
  • To allow us to claim your ITA funding we must have confirmation from you that you have attended your chosen course therefore, you will receive an email from ITA@ayrshire.ac.uk shortly after your course commences. Please ensure you respond to this email immediately as failure to do so will result in you being liable for the full course cost.
  • In the event that you wish to change or cancel this booking you must notify us by email at ITA@ayrshire.ac.uk

Should you require any further information please contact us on the numbers below or email us at ITA@ayrshire.ac.uk

To find out more or to apply, visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk

 

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 FWDF@ayrshire.ac.uk. 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.