Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on benefits to be eligable to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning anf teaching.
If you are not in education, do not have a degree or above and are not taking part in a National Training Programme (Modern Apprenticeship, Get Ready for Work or Training for Work) toy can apply for an ILA.
Key ILA Stages
Candidates apply to ILA to set up an account – ILA provides candidates with a 10 digit account number.
Candidates provide Fitness Scotland with ILA number when booking on to a course. (ILA numbers must be provided before course start date or funding cannot be used).
FS ILA administrator processes payment using ILA online booking system.
ILA approves booking and generates a Learner token. This is sent directly to the candidate.
Candidates must sign the Learner token and return to the Fitness Scotland office ASAP before the expiry date displayed on the token. This is the most important stage as the token is essentially the payment.
FS ILA administrator claims the Learner token by entering the token number to the ILA online booking system. This is the stage where money is transferred from account to FS.
PLEASE NOTE: If a candidate fails to return the ILA Learner token before the expiry date the candidate will be invoiced for the outstanding balance.
Use £195 of your funding towards the Theory Course and still have £5 left in your ILA Scotland to put towards the next stage of your training.
Use the full £200 towards the Gym or Exercise to Music Level 2 Course and that leaves you just £250 to pay….its like getting a 50% discount before you have even started.
If you are lucky enough for your company to be paying for you to complete the full Level 2 award, you can always use your £200 towards payment of our many workshops including Mature Movers, Stability Ball, Salsa-cise and many more.
This could be your first step to a better salary or doing something you really enjoy.
With so many courses on offer you are sure to find something of interest.
Learning can be a way to meet new people and have a bit of fun.
If you are not sure about which direction to follow, call and speak to one of many ILA Scotland advisors who will be more than happy to help you apply or chat to you about what you are looking to do.
The most important thing to remember is that this money is not a loan – so you don’t have to pay any of it back!