Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) re-open for childminders

Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) re-open for childminders
SCMA is delighted at the good news surrounding the further re-introduction of Individual Training Accounts (ITAs), following their suspension by Skills Development Scotland in April.

Applications for ITAs will re-open Thursday 27 June 2019, which means that eligible childminders across Scotland will be able to source funding to further their professional growth.

SCMA is encouraging those interested in accessing ITA funding to apply and complete their eligibility verification with our Learn with SCMA as soon as possible. 

Working towards a qualification, such as the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway – a Work Based Award will now be more accessible for childminders, and in addition, many potential childminders will be able to access our Childminding Induction Support Programme.

However, it is important to bear in mind that Skills Development Scotland has advised SCMA that the funding in not infinite and a maximum of 15,000 funding applications will be accepted up to 30 September 2019. The scheme will be put on hold when the target of 15,000 is met or by 30 September, whichever comes first.  

This means that only 15,000 ITA applications are available for learners nationwide – and this includes applicants from training centres and colleges all across Scotland, as well as SCMA. 

SCMA is committed to supporting your professional growth, and whilst this is positive and encouraging news, we are continuing to work alongside the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland towards a more permanent resolution.  

As always, SCMA will keep you up-to-date at, and please feel free to call our Learn with SCMA team on 01786 445377 if you have any questions.

Read more about ITAs at and don’t hesitate to apply as soon as possible.