PA Network Scotland

Funding and training

To become a Personal Assistant in Scotland there are ways to get financial support to get you started, as well as courses to get the skills you need to care for your client.


The Individual Training Account from Skills Development Scotland offer up to £200 towards to eligible individuals.  More information can be found below including details of how to access and what might be covered.

The SSSC has developed an online resource to signpost the support available for developing communication skills.  It is called ‘Communication skills for caring’. The resource includes reference to local, national and on line support for workers who want to develop their literacy skills. There are also sources of support designed for people whose first language isn't English.

Research and development of this resource was done in response to employer feedback indicating that they would value guidance on how to support workers to develop core skills in literacy.

Please let us know if you find it useful!

Future Learn Course

This Future Learn online course is designed to help you choose the right personal assistance relationships for you, whether you’re a disabled person or a personal assistant. It’s based on new evidence about the close working relationship between disabled people and their support workers – and how to improve it.

For more information click on the following link -



Do you want to find out more about Self Directed Support legislation and the principles? Our learning partner The Open University (OU) has updated its online Foundations for Self Directed Support in Scotland and it is structured as follows:

The SSKS website contains lots of information and support for PA's and they have recently added new resources to their self-directed supprt portal.  For more information click on the link below - 

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