When will Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) reopen?

The initial phase of the ITA scheme for 2020-2021 will be open to applications on 1 July 2020 until 31 October, or when the target of 14,000 applications is met – whichever comes first.

When will this phase of the scheme close?

The second phase of the scheme will close by 31 October 2020 or when the target of 14,000 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.

Are there any changes to the scheme?

In light of labour market information on the initial impact of COVID-19 the decision has been made by Scottish Government to focus funding for training in areas where there is anticipated that there will be a current demand for employment. To ensure funding is targeted at these areas the decision has been made to remove funding for certain curriculum areas, explicitly:

  • Adult Literacy and Numeracy Tutoring
  • Fitness, Health and Beauty
  • Hospitality
  • Languages
  • Security

The Operational Rules can be viewed in full here.

Will the scheme open again after this phase?

We anticipate that there will be a further phase of the scheme this financial year. We will share details of this when budget is confirmed.

How many ITAs will be delivered this year?

An initial 14,000 applications are available in this phase. We anticipate that there will be a further phase of the scheme this financial year and will share details of this when budget is confirmed.

Why is this phase running until October?

This phase of the scheme will run until the end of October or when the application limit has been reached (whichever comes first) to enable SDS to better manage demand and to process applications. During this time, SDS will work with Scottish Government to establish the best way for the scheme to deliver the remaining places for the year. It is anticipated that the fund will open for a second phase later in the financial year. 

Are refresher courses eligible for ITA funding?

During Phase 1 of the 2020-21 ITA scheme we will accept refresher courses in the approved sectors laid out in the updated Operation Rules. 

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.

Can I accept an email from DWP as evidence that an individual is eligible for ITA funding?

Yes, if DWP can provide email confirmation, including a customer’s NI number, this will be acceptable.

What if the individual is unable to provide evidence by email

If the individual is unable to provide any evidence by email then the provider must contact customer.services@sds.co.uk for advice on a case by case basis.

For further queries, please contact customer.services@sds.co.uk.