Funding for Individuals - ITA or SAAS

Individual Training Accounts


What is an ITA?

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.

You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work.

To find out more or to apply, visit

The training programmes from Quest that eligible applicants could use their ITA funding are

To apply please search My World of Work for the course, then apply online at My World of Work for ITA funding. Successful applicants will receive confirmation from SDS and then you will be able to  contact Quest to book your training programme.


Part-Time Fee Grant from Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

This scheme can provide more than £500 and up to £1195 a year towards the cost of tuition fees.

To qualify for this funding, you should have an income of £25,000 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 7-10 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and complete between 30-119 SCQF credits per year.  

Visit the SAAS website to find out more and download an application form for academic year 2018/19

Quest has prepared a information sheet on the amount of funding you can access. Download here