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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20770: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what the current funding position is with Individual Training Accounts.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 17 January 2019

Following a hugely successful year for this new Individual Training Account (ITA) programme, demand from individuals has been strong and the target of 18,500 accounts has been exceeded ahead of schedule. It is anticipated that when all verified individuals in the system have been processed, the number of people who have benefitted from ITAs will exceed 22,000. Skills Development Scotland (SDS )has therefore paused the ITA programme to new applicants until April 2019. In the interim, individuals who visit the My World of Work website will be given information on how to contact SDS for wider career advice and those who have registered an interest in opening an ITA will be proactively contacted by SDS in the lead up to the new financial year.