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

SDS will accept 30000 applications in this year’s ITA scheme. The scheme will close to new applicants when these have been taken up, or on March 31st 2023, whichever comes first.

When will this phase of the scheme close?

SDS will accept 30000 applications in this year’s ITA scheme. The scheme will close to new applicants when these have been taken up, or on March 31st 2023, 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. 

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?  

SDS will accept 30000 applications in this year’s ITA scheme. The scheme will close to new applicants when these have been taken up, or on March 31st 2023, whichever comes first.

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.