PA Network Scotland

Individual Learning Account

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 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 benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.

It’s a great way to pay for learning new skills and because the money isn’t a loan, you don’t need to worry about paying it back.

ILA learning providers – including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training companies – offer a wide range of courses. So whether you need to improve your computer skills or learn something new, we’re sure you’ll find a course to suit you.

You can reduce the time it takes for us to let you know the outcome of your application by registering to receive account notifications** by email? Simply select email as your contact preference, enter a valid email address and follow the simple instructions on the email we will send you.

Please note: If your application for ILA funding is successful, you will be unable to apply for a Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS) Part-Time Fee Grant for the duration of your ILA learner year.If you would like any further information about Individual Learning Accounts before you apply please contact us on 0800 917 8000*.

Read the full ILA eligibility checklist here.

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