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Every adult in Scotland is to be offered up to £100 to splash out on IT training in a bid to improve their computer skills. The Scottish Executive announced the funding today to help develop skills among people regardless of their status or income.

Announcing the cash offer minister Allan Wilson said: "We have chosen ICT training for the universal offer because learner research showed us that even where people might consider themselves to have basic ICT skills, relatively few have any formal qualifications as proof of their expertise.

"We also know that there is demand from employers for formal accreditation of ICT skills, so we are focusing funding where it can have the biggest practical impact."

Anyone taking up the offer must pay a "minimum personal contribution" of £10 pounds towards each course. The Individual Learning Account (ILA) Scotland funds will be paid direct to accredited course operators.

Anyone seeking further information or to request an ILA Scotland application pack should call 0808 100 1090. ®

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