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The much lauded personalised Skills Accounts have moved beyond their trial period and are now available online.

The accounts have been developed to enable individuals to learn a new skill or even completely change their career direction. They are available to all individuals and upon registration, learners will be provided with a 'notional' fund to help pay for additional training.

Skills Accounts are an integral part of the new Adult Advancement and Careers Service (AACS). Over time, the online portal will become more closely integrated and aligned with other information and services delivered through Directgov (e.g. Careers Advice).

Currently restricted to the education sector, Skills Accounts are expected to encompass all training providers over the next few months.

It will be interesting to see how care provider's, trainer's and individuals make sense of the current 'shake-up' in funding streams over the next 12 months or so and whether Skills Accounts actually make a difference!