Funding Opportunities – ILA Scotland & TTF

Transition Training Fund (TTF)

Eligibility criteria:

  •  You must be resident in Scotland
  •  You have been made redundant or currently at risk of redundancy from the Oil and Gas Sector or its’ supply chain
  •  You have worked in the Oil and Gas sector or the supply chain as an employee or contractor
  •  You must be able to show that the training will help you get a new job
  •  You must be actively seeking employment

Further information on how to apply see the Transition Training Fund website

Individual Learning Accounts (ILA)

ILA is getting a refresh over the summer. This means that the existing scheme will be closed to new applications for a few months.

The revised scheme will come into effect in October and will be called an Individual Training Account (ITA). If you’re eligible then you’ll still be entitled to funding of up to £200 per year towards a course. The differences are that you’ll only be able to do one course in any learner year, and that courses will be geared towards helping you with getting a job or progressing in your career.

Some key dates

If you want to open an account or renew an expired account:

  • 29 April 2017: Last day to request a renewal form through the SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000
  • 30 April 2017: Last day to request an application form on My World of Work
  • Mid May 2017: Application and renewal forms need to be returned by mid May so that they can be processed by 31 May
  • 31 May 2017: Last day that an account will be opened or renewed

If you want to book a course under the existing ILA scheme:

  • 30 June 2017: Last day bookings can be made under the existing ILA scheme. Bookings can only be made for courses with a start date no later than 30 September 2017

For more information on these deadlines visit the SDS Individual learning Account(ILA) website

You can apply for an ILA if do not have a degree or above, are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, training through the Employability Fund  or Modern Apprenticeship, or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

You must also have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.

It’s a great way to pay for learning new skills and because the money isn’t a loan, you don’t need to worry about paying it back.

Helpine for individuals : Tel 0800 917 8000 or visit

SDS Individual Learning Account (ILA)