When will the ITA scheme close to new applications? 

Individual Training Accounts will be put on hold to new applications on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at 5pm. 

Why is the scheme closing? 

The scheme is being put on hold as we are approaching our target of 10,000 applications for this phase of the scheme. 

How much time do I have to book onto my course after my application has been approved? 

If you have already applied and received a confirmation email that your funding application has been approved, you must book onto a course within four weeks of receiving your confirmation email.

If you do not book onto a course within four weeks of receiving confirmation, your funding application will no longer be valid and you will have to reapply if and when the fund reopens. 

Why is the scheme being delivered in phases? 

As outlined in Scottish Government’s Letter of Guidance for 2019-20, SDS will this year deliver 18,500 ITA places. The scheme is being divided into phases to enable SDS to better manage demand and to process applications. 

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