Ministers have unveiled the learning scheme which will replace the ill-fated
Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs).
The original scheme was launched in 2000
Scots will be able to claim up to £200 a year to fund training courses under a
new Scottish Executive initiative.
The government suspended the Individual Learning Account scheme in 2001 amid allegations of abuse.
Enterprise Minister Jim Wallace said the new ILA Scotland scheme would initially be targeted at those earning les than £15,000 a year.
The initiative is due to be running by the summer, with a
universal scheme due to be rolled out by April next year.
More than 260,000 accounts were set up after the UK-wide ILA scheme opened in Scotland in July 2000.
However, the following summer public bodies throughout Britain began to receive complaints.
The scheme was closed down later that year amid fears of fraud by some learning providers.
Earlier this month a report by Holyrood's audit committee said £1.2m was wasted on irregular and fraudulent claims.
MSPs said the scheme - designed to widen access to education and training - had been "fundamentally flawed".
The committee said the scheme was set up "in haste" without proper security systems.
However, Mr Wallace told the Scottish Parliament's enterprise committee that the new scheme would not be open to abuse.
He said: "It has been essential to take the time necessary to ensure that lessons from the first scheme have been learned.
"We are putting in place a number of measures and safeguards to ensure that this scheme is a success."
The minister said he wanted to focus on people on low incomes because last time more than half of the learners were "dead wood" - people who could have paid for courses without the scheme.
Learning providers will have to sign contracts to benefit from the ILA Scotland initiative and will be subject to
more rigid checks, including surprise visits.
The new scheme will be managed by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and the Scottish University for Industry (SufI), which is also known as
Learn Direct Scotland.