Individual Training Accounts (ITA) Funding

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What is ITA funding?

ITA is short for Individual Training Accounts, a scheme funded by Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It gives individuals up to £200 towards a single course or training package per year. The funding is available to help build their skills, either for a new job or to help with their personal development within an existing role. The best part is, ITA funding is not a loan, so you don’t have to pay it back!


Am I eligible for ITA funding?

ITA funding is available if you are:

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Resident in Scotland
  • Unemployed and looking to get back into work
  • Not in education or involved in any other SDS funded programme

If you are working, you can still apply if you earn £22,000 or less and want to upskill, or reskill, for your present job or a new one


What courses are available?

SDS maintains a register of approved training providers including colleges and local training companies. The My World of Work website lists all the courses available, which are very varied and are based across Scotland.

With so many courses listed, we suggest using the search functions to find the right course for you.

Keyword – this is useful if you have a course in mind

Location – add the radius you are able to travel

Qualification type – vocational, undergraduate, HNC/HND etc

How you wish to study – online, distance learning, evening, weekend, etc


How do I apply for an ITA?

There are 4 key steps involved in accessing ITA funding.

  1. Search and select an ITA course, using the link above.
  2. Apply online for ITA – click on the button “Apply for ITA funding” on the course page as highlighted below.
  3. Receive confirmation – note of documents accepted as income provided
  4. Contact the training provider to confirm and book your course (within 4 weeks of receiving your confirmation email)

You will be required to provide proof of income or benefit status. Should you have a special requirements, or a disability, and would like additional help in applying for ITA funding, please call the SDS ITA helpline on 0800 917 8000 or email [email protected].


What training does Raeburn Training provide?


We currently offer fully funded training in the following areas –

CSCS test and card – this includes is the CITB Health Safety and Environment test for either operatives, specialists and managers and professionals. Funding fully covers the cost of the test, card and the card application service. Note – for CSCS green labourers cards, a H&S qualification is also required, see the CSCS Essentials course group for more details.

REHIS Elementary Health and Safety – this is a one day course that provides an introduction to a wide variety of health and safety aspects. Valuable to anyone working within a business, small businesses owners, office managers, etc.

CSCS Essentials – this is a combination of courses that is required to apply for the CSCS labourers green card and includes the one day REHIS Elementary Health and Safety qualification, the CSCS test, card and card application.


The following courses will be added very shortly –

Qualsafe Emergency First aid at work – this accredited one day course teaches the essentials of first aid that may be required within the workplace in an emergency setting.

Qualsafe First aid at work – this accredited three day course teaches the first aid for the workplace in more detail and is often sought by higher risk industries and settings. Please note, this course costs £250 +VAT therefore a £50 VAT fee is required to be paid by the candidate.

Unsure what you need? Give the team a call on 01592 724797 or read more about these courses on our website.






First Aid at Work

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