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New ITA training information

We have and can deliver our successful ASSIST Training program in various parts of the country.

See below how it links in:

With the Scottish Governments Labour Market Strategy in mind, SDS launched Individual Training Accounts (ITAs).

This targeted funding aims to support employability by focusing funds on those actively seeking employment and those who are currently in low paid work and looking to progress.

Up to £200 towards a training course

Individual Training Accounts are available to help people develop the skills they need for work, giving learners who meet the eligibility criteria up to £200 towards a single training course or training episode per year. And because its not a loan, the money doesnt need to be paid back.

Learners can search for an ITA course on My World of Work and apply online for funding, making the application process quick and simple.

Aligning to the needs of learners and the economy

To ensure Individual Training Accounts meet the needs of learners and the overall aims of the scheme, training providers must demonstrate the quality and outcomes of their courses. 

ITA courses are selected and monitored according to the positive outcomes they can offer to the learner and their career prospects.

Individual Training Accounts aim to improve work-related skills and qualifications. They align to the training definitions set out by the Scottish Government.

All ITA courses must be in one of the curriculum areas aligned to the Scottish Government’s Labour Market Strategy which includes: Adult Literacy & Numeracy Tuition, Agriculture, Business, Construction, Early Years and Childcare, Fitness, Health & Beauty, Health & Safety, Hospitality, IT, Language, Security, Social Care and Transport.

By increasing the employability of those seeking employment and those who are in low paid work looking to progress, ITAs also allow employers access to a trained and motivated workforce.

Have a look at our FAQs for more information.

Want to know more?

Learn more about Individual Training Accounts and how it can help you:

  • Individuals can search for courses and apply online for funding on My World of Work.
  • Training providers looking for more information on delivering ITA approved courses should visit our training provider area.

November Activity and Information

Our J2E [ journey to employment ] training is starting to make progress and we look forward to engaging with more DWP clients over the next few months.

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October Latest

Special Offers on secure shop includes FREE GIFT with every order. We are taking details from Job Centre clients who wish to take advantage of our successful ASSIST Training Program. For details please contact Jim on 07824 727694 or email


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September Latest News

We are pleased to be part of the DWP Journey2Employment program which is using our ASSIST Training to support people furthest removed from mainstream opportunities. Job Centres involved are Irvine, Kilbirnie, Saltcoats. Our ASSIST training has also been successful with clients from Kilmarnock, Cumnock, Dumfries & Stranraer using their ILA funding. The new round of ILA is due to start October but we are able to start taking interested parties details NOW. Contact Jim direct on 07824 727694 for detials or email

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