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Skills Development Scotland

As Scotland's new skills body, Skills Development Scotland bring together four partner organisations with a shared vision to drive forward real, positive and sustained change in Scotland's skills performance. Through this merger Scotland now has a dynamic, forward-looking organisation which will deliver comprehensive information, advice and guidance for careers and learning as well as extensive support for skills development.

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Fiona Hyslop MSP, announced in September 2007 that Careers Scotland, Scottish University for Industry, and key skills elements in Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise would be brought together to form a new single skills body to take forward and deliver on the vision set out in the Scottish Government's skills strategy 'Skills for Scotland'.

For more information on Skills Development Scotland and their vision please visit www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Individual Training Accounts

Individual Training Accounts (ITA) replace the old Individual Learning Accounts (ILA).  They offer £200 to an individual to cover the cost of a training course.  For more information and how to apply see Skills Development Scotland's website

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeships offer people aged over 16 the chance of paid employment linked with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level. Skills Development Scotland website includes a range of material on how the apprenticeships work and how they can help you.