Funding & Support

Funding to Support Training for Individuals

Individual Learning Account (ILA)

ILA is getting a refresh over the summer. This means that the existing scheme will be closed to new applications for a few months.

The revised scheme will come into effect in October and will be called an Individual Training Account (ITA). If you’re eligible then you’ll still be entitled to funding of up to £200 per year towards a course. The differences are that you’ll only be able to do one course in any learner year, and that courses will be geared towards helping you with getting a job or progressing in your career.

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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

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.