Cairngorms National Park

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 Cairngorms Learning Partnership (SCIO)


SDS Individual Learning Account

If you are 16 or over and living in Scotland, you may be eligible for and ILA Scotland account to help pay your part-time course fees.

The money is not a loan so you don't have to pay any of it back. 

Learners must have their SDS Individual Learning Account set up and approved before enrolling on a course of study in order to use their ILA to pay all or part of the course fee.

Scottish residents who meet the following eligibility criteria will be eligible to open an ILA account:

  • over 16 years of age
  • ordinarily resident in Scotland
  • have an annual income of £22,000 or less or are in receipt of a qualifying benefit
  • not currently participating on any National Training programme (Employability Fund, Modern Apprenticeship, Get Ready for Work, Training for Work)
  • not currently participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme
  • not currently undertaking any form of full-time or part-time secondary, further or higher education
  • not already qualified to UK degree level or above (or overseas equivalent)
To find out more and to request an application pack, visit or call the helpline on 0808 100 1090.

There are lots of courses on offer.

Whatever course you choose, make sure that you have applied for your individual learning account and that you have received your account card and account number before booking a course as you cannot use your ILA funds to pay for a course that you have already booked.