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Courses funded with Individual Learning Account

Information about how to apply for courses eligible for ILA funding can be found on each course page

Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland and are for individuals who will benefit most from this support. You can apply for an ILA if you 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 certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.

ILAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or brushing up your skills. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any approved ILA learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training companies.

To find out more and to request an application pack, visit or call the helpline on 0800 917 8000.

Common courses studied using an ILA with Mycourse Training are:

  • Online bookkeeping courses
  • Sage courses with Sage certification
  • Short online courses in finance

How does it work ?

The first step is to apply for your learning account by telephoning the helpline: 0800 917 8000. Do it now - it's easy ! You may also apply online - see for more details about the funding available to suit you

They will send you an application form, which you should complete and return as soon as possible. Once your account is opened you will receive an Individual Learning Account number and your account will be credited with your funds.

What next ?

Identify the course that you would like to follow and contact us here at Mycourse Training who will book you onto your chosen course. There is information about how to do this on each course page on our website.

Once your course is booked, you will receive a learning token from SDS ILA which details the course, price, provider. The token can only be used for the course that you have booked. You must sign, date and send this token to your provider by post before you start your course.

When can I start the course ?

You may start your course as soon as you have completed the process of registering and handing over your learning token and any balance of cost to the training provider.

Are there any hidden costs ?

There may be additional charges such as examination fees. If the cost of the course exceeds the funding available then you will be liable to pay for the balance.