We have been notoified this week by ILA Scotland that they are amending their eligibility criteria for the £200 grant scheme. The changes will take effect from 1st July 2012 so if the changes alter your status you still have time to apply under existing rules.
The three existing criteria of: Living in Scotland, Over 16 years of age and having a salary or pension of less than £22,000 per year remain however you will no longer be eligible if you hold a UK degree or overseas equivalent or if you are in full or part-time education.
The official ILA release states:
Changes are being made to learner eligibility for ILA Scotland funding. These changes come into effect on 1 July 2012.
Current eligibility criteria for ILA Scotland account applications:
• must be 16 years old or over
• must be ordinarily resident in Scotland
• must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or in receipt of benefits.
Additional criteria to be applied to applicants as of 1 July 2012:
• must not hold a UK degree (or overseas equivalent)
• must not be undertaking any form of full-time or part-time secondary, further or higher education
• must not be participating on any National Training Programme (Modern Apprenticeships, Get Ready for Work or Training for Work).
All account applications and account renewals received on or after 1 July 2012 will be assessed under these new additional criteria.
ILA Scotland learner accounts’ will now be known as ‘Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Accounts’ and the ILA Scotland website, provider resources and marketing materials will be updated to reflect this change.