How long will Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) remain open?  

The ITA scheme will remain open until 28 February 2022, or when the target of 28,000 applications is met – whichever comes first.

When will this phase of the scheme close?

The scheme will close by 28 February 2021 or when the target of 28,000 applications has been met, whichever comes first.  

Will training providers be notified of the scheme’s closure in advance?

Training providers will receive communication from SDS regarding application numbers. 

Why are unused applications from the current scheme not being rolled over to enable more people to benefit this year?

More than 19,000 people in Scotland applied for an ITA in the last financial year and a further 28,000 applications are available between April 2021 and 28 February 2022. Any unused applications from the most recent scheme cannot be rolled over due to annual budget allocations. 

Will the scheme open again after this phase?  

SDS will work with Scottish Government to explore options beyond the closure date, subject to budget. 

How many ITAs will be delivered this year?  

An initial 14,000 applications was announced on 1 July, however a further phase now brings this total to 28,000.

Are there any changes to the scheme?  

This phase of the scheme will operate under the conditions outlined in the Operational Rules 

There are no changes to the operation of the scheme but SDS will continue to work with Scottish Government to review the effectiveness of the scheme, particularly in light of the impact of COVID-19.

What if an applicant is unable to provide required evidence as a direct or indirect result of COVID-19 (for example not having access to a printer)?

If the individual is unable to provide signed and dated evidence of eligibility (for example if the individual is unable to print documents), providers can accept an email containing evidence on the basis that it is sent from the same email on the individual application on FIPS 

For further queries, please contact customer.services@sds.co.uk, or call the SDS contact centre on 0800 917 8000 for support.