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Individual Training Accounts to replace Individual Learning Accounts
The Scottish Government is making changes to the current system of Individual Learning Accounts – by refocusing them as Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).
The changes take forward a commitment in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2016-17, following a consultation on the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, to align support to help people into employment with the needs of employers.
ITAs will be provided by Skills Development Scotland and will continue to give people access to up to £200 per year for training and skills development. However, for the first time each course will now result in an industry recognised qualification.
By providing workers with opportunities to improve their work-related skills and qualifications, ITAs support employers to develop their workforce and address skills gaps.
Eligible learners can apply for ITA funding from October 2017. Learners with an existing ILA account can still use valid learner tokens as long as they apply for a course before 30 June and the course starts before 30 September.
SAAS will continue to process ILA applications and fulfil provider payments during this period.
ILAs were previously delivered in partnership by SAAS and SDS. The introduction of a new payment system will allow the entire ITA process, including the processing of applications and provider payments, to be managed by Skills Development Scotland.