Funding and Support

There are various funding options available to help meet your training requirements.

Flexible Training Opportunities

Flexible Training Opportunities gives Scottish businesses with up to 100 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs.

Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so the employer does not have to pay it back. Skills Development Scotland will refund up to 50% of each episode of employee training up to a maximum of £500 for each training episode.

Visit the Skills Development Scotland website for more information

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Individual Learning Accounts (ILA)

A revised scheme will come into effect on 23 October 2017 and will be called an Individual Training Account (ITA).

If you’re eligible then you’ll still be entitled to funding of up to £200 per year towards a course. The differences are that you’ll only be able to do one course in any learner year, and that courses will be geared towards helping you with getting a job or progressing in your career.

For more information on the new scheme, visit the Skills Development Scotland website

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Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI)

The Scottish Government's Employer Recruitment Incentive (ERI) is designed to encourage businesses to recruit by offering a cash incentive. Employer Recruitment Incentive payments of up to £1,500 are available to employers who recruit a targeted young person (TYP) as a Modern Apprentice or into employment of 15 hours or more per week.

Find out more about Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive

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Adopt an Apprentice

Adopt an Apprentice is a scheme which helps Modern Apprentices continue with their training in a new workplace after being made redundant by another employer. Not only will your business benefit from a skilled trainee, but you could also receive a £2,000 incentive to help cover wage and recruitment costs. Please note that if the Modern Apprentice has been made redundant from the Oil & Gas sector, the incentive available has now increased to £5,000.

Find out more about the Adopt an Apprentice scheme

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Part-time Fee Grant

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) provides financial support towards the cost of tuition fees on Higher Education courses.

Find out more about Part-time Fee Grants on the SAAS website

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Our Skillsforce

Our Skillsforce offers skills support, advice and help for employers through Skills Development Scotland. It provides employers with help relating to staff training, funding, recruitment and Modern Apprenticeships.

The online, helpline and face-to-face service includes free consultancy, HR support and access to funding.  

For more information please visit:

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