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SDS Individual Learning Accounts

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Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland and are for the individuals who will benefit most from this support.

People can apply for an ILA if they: are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education; do not have a degree or above; are not training through the Employability Fund or Modern Apprenticeships, or participating in the Community Jobs Scotland programme; and have an income of £22,000 a year or less or are on benefits. (The Employability Fund replaces Get Ready for Work and Training for Work from 1 April 2013.)

Please Note: If your application for ILA funding is successful, you will be unable to apply for a Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS) Part-Time Fee Grant for the duration of your ILA learner year.

Find out more about funding on My World of Work.

ILA Providers

There are more than 470 approved learning providers across Scotland, offering a wide range of courses that you can use your ILA funding for.

Local authority statistics

SDS Individual Learning Account statistics broken down by local authority area.



Contact us

Helpline for individuals
0800 917 8000

Helpline for employers
0800 783 6000

Find your local SDS centre

Become a learning provider

Get ready for work

Find out how you can register as an SDS Individual Learning Account provider in our Provider Central section.