by Skills Development Scotland
Learning Account (ILA) is a fund available from Skills Development Scotland
where eligible candidates can access up to £200 per year towards any ILA
approved course (all of our courses are). Almost all of our courses can be
fully funded by this.
If this is your first time applying for ILA funds, lifeSKILLS can assist you in completing your funding application.
Please note that this fund is only available to those living in
Scotland. The funding process may take anywhere from 5 to 7 weeks. You must have ILA funds in place before starting any of our courses.
To apply, you must be:a British citizen; or a national of a member state of the European Economic Area who has utilised their ‘right of residence’; or settled within the United Kingdom within the meaning of section 33(2A) of the Immigration Act 1971. You are only eligible for support if you are ‘settled within the UK’. If you are in Scotland on a temporary student or work visa then you are not entitled to SDS Individual Learning Account funding. 'Settled' means being both ordinarily resident in the UK, and without any immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK. 'Settled' can include those with Indefinite Leave to Remain/Enter and those with Refugee status. You do not have 'settled status' if you have a time limit on the length of your stay in the UK, as shown by your current immigration permission. For example, those with 'Limited Leave'.and
You must be ordinarily resident* in Scotland.