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Funding your course

We understand that finance can be a huge consideration for individuals and businesses when undertaking a training course, professional development courses, SVQ or short training programme. We aim to provide useful help and advice on a wide range of funding and support options which are available to help you fund your course.


ILA Scotland- Individual Learning Acount

ILA Scotland is a Scottish Government scheme that helps you pay for learning in a way to suit you.  It is for people who have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or who are on benefits. If you are 16 or over and living in Scotland, you could get £200 towards the cost of learning with a learner account from ILA Scotland.

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SDS Flexible Training Fund

Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with up to 150 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs. Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there's no need to pay it back. Skills Development Scotland will refund up to 50% of each episode of employee training up to a maximum of £500 for each employee.

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Part-time Fee Grant (formerly ILA 500)

This scheme provides up to £500 a year towards the cost of tuition fees. To qualify for this funding, you should have an individual income of £22,000 a year or less. You also need to be studying a part-time Higher Education course, Professional Development Award (PDA) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at levels 7-11 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and complete between 40-90 SCQF credits per year.

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If you are unsure about which type of funding would be suitable or for guidance on how to access these funding options please contact us.