Wed 17 Jun 20
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday announced that the Individual Training Account (ITA) scheme will reopen on 1 July 2020.
ITAs are designed to help individuals build the skills they need for a job, or to get training to help take their career to the next level.
Individuals who are unemployed or earn £22,000 or under, including furloughed workers, can access training in a number of curriculum areas to improve prospects of gaining employment or progressing in employment.
Successful applicants can receive up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an ITA.
Business, Fair Work and Skills Minister Jamie Hepburn said
“Individual Training Accounts support those who are unemployed or those in work and earning less than £22,000 per annum, to train and secure or progress in employment. We are acutely aware that for people who are currently furloughed, Individual Training Accounts can play an important role in helping them back to work.
“We’ve worked with SDS to make sure both the training available through Individual Training Accounts and the manner in which they will be delivered, reflect the very different labour market and environment we are now operating in. The re-opening of this scheme is a demonstration of how we are acting now to support those who are both in and out of work, and have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 on our economy.”
Up to 14,000 ITA applications will be accepted in this phase. The scheme will be placed on hold when this target is met or by 31 October, whichever comes first.
In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this phase of ITAs will be focused on sectors likely to have skills gaps and/or job openings. These sectors have been identified by Scottish Government based on current economic data and labour market information and will be subject to ongoing review.
Individuals will be able to apply for an ITA through My World of Work from 1 July 2020. Once an application has been approved, individuals have four weeks in which to book onto a course.
Individuals interested in finding out more should visit My World of Work from 1 July.
Information, resources and FAQs for Training Providers.
Information, resources and FAQs for Individuals.