Individual Training Accounts offer targeted funding which focuses funds on those actively seeking employment and those who are currently in low paid work and looking to progress.

The scheme was designed with the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy in mind and aims to support employability and better contribute to the economy.

Registering as a training provider

To become an ITA approved training provider, you must demonstrate that the quality and outcomes of your course(s) will improve work related skills and qualifications for eligible learners.

Only courses that align to the training definitions set out by the Scottish Government will be eligible for funding. All ITA courses must be in one of the curriculum areas aligned to the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy which includes: Adult Literacy & Numeracy Tuition, Agriculture, Business, Construction, Early Years and Childcare, Fitness, Health & Beauty, Health & Safety, Hospitality, IT, Language, Security, Social Care and Transport.

ITA applications are made by learners on My World of Work and training providers are responsible for verifying learner eligibility.

SDS is committed to measuring the impacts of the ITA scheme and will use learner feedback gathered after the completion of each course to assess the continued eligibility of providers.

The SDS ITA Provider registration window application details

Find further details on how to register as an approved ITA provider here. 

Order ITA and the Big Plus marketing materials, including alternative language formats.

Using the Course Management Tool

Our Course Management Tool (CMT) allows registered training providers to upload their ITA approved courses online – you don’t need to download any software and courses appear immediately on My World of Work.

FIPS Registration

Registered training providers use the SDS Finance and Information Processing System (FIPS) to assign learners to courses and to claim funding for those learners.

ITA applications will be processed through FIPS and SDS will take on responsibility for payments to providers.

From 1 November 2017, training providers across all programmes will be required to pay for the FIPS licenses.  When approved as an ITA provider, further information will be available on this payment.

Find out more about the ITA processes that take place on FIPS

Register a participant on FIPS - How to process learners’ ITA applications, verify their proof of income and book them onto your courses using FIPS.

Cancelling ITA assignments on FIPS - How to cancel learners’ bookings individually and in bulk using FIPS.

Making and managing claims for ITA funding on FIPS - How to raise claims for payment on FIPS, plus how to view and amend claims you have previously raised.

Resetting your password in FIPS - How to reset your password your password in FIPS.

FIPS login guidance - Detailed instructions on logging in to FIPS.

Finding and understanding information on FIPS - Further information on the meanings of different statuses on FIPS and how to use some of its more advanced functionality.

Video Guides

Creating a custom viewHow to create a custom view for your assignments

Introduction to FIPS & Sign OnAn introduction to the Funding Information and Processing System (FIPS) the benefits of the new system and how to log on.

 Get in touch

If you’ve got a question about Individual Training Accounts please consult the training documents above. If you need further assistance please complete the FIPS support form.