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Aberdeenshire Training Allowance

The Aberdeenshire Training Allowance (ATA) is delivered by the council and it is part of the Scottish Government’s No One Left Behind (NOLB) funding stream. It aims to help people who need additional support to participate in the labour market, by providing employers with a grant for training in the workplace. People who might need additional support can be:

  • people with disabilities and other equality groups experiencing disadvantage in the labour market
  • people who need a second chance to find and sustain work

Find out more about:

What is available

The scheme lasts for 26 weeks and provides employers with a £4000 grant for training in the workplace. This is split into 3 instalments at 4 weeks, 13 weeks and 26 weeks. Participants receive regular one-to-one support from an Employment Support Team Keyworker along with an assessment of their immediate and future skills needs.


Participants need to meet at least one criteria to be eligible. The support is for people who:

  • are 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • are above 50 year old
  • are Armed Forces veterans
  • are asylum seekers
  • have criminal convictions
  • have a disability
  • live in an employment deprived area
  • live in a rural area or remote rural area
  • are homeless or affected by housing
  • live in a jobless household
  • live in a jobless household with dependent children
  • have a long term physical illness or condition
  • are in long term unemployed
  • are looked after young person
  • are on a low income
  • live in a household with children in poverty
  • have low skills
  • are affected by material deprivation
  • have mental health illness
  • are migrants, with foreign background or minorities (including marginalised communities)
  • have no or limited work experience
  • are primary carer of a child or children under 18 or adult
  • are primary carer of an older person
  • are refugees
  • have substance related conditions
  • are underemployed
  • have exited Fair Start Scotland and need extra support

How to apply

If you are an employer and you wish to apply for ATA funding, please complete our application form (pdf 203KB). You need to return this to the Employment Support Team before the participant commences employment, so that the participant can be assessed by the Employment Support Team and their eligibility status confirmed.

After you are awarded ATA

Before payments are made at 4 weeks, 13 weeks and 26 weeks employers must provide evidence of the participant’s continuous employment such as wage slips or pay roll records. Employers should also provide evidence of any workplace training that the participant has received like enrolment letters and certificates. Once these documents have been submitted payment of each instalment will be arranged.

Contact Employment Support

You can get in contact with the Employment Support Team by email at or by phone at 01467 533058. You can also get in contact by post:

Employment Support Team
Gordon House
Blackhall Road
AB51 4SS