Personal Learning Accounts (PLA)

We offer an number of free courses for employed adults. Set up a Personal Learning Account and access professional qualifications for free!

A Personal Learning Account (PLA) is a programme funded by Welsh Government which allows those who meet the criteria below to access FREE courses and professional qualifications that develop your skills and help you to progress or change your career.

PLA courses provide the skills and qualifications that local employers are looking for. They focus on sectors that are growing in this region and where there is currently a need for people with these skills. Designed to be flexible and work around your life and commitments, the goal is that at the end of the course or courses, there will be well-paid job vacancies available for you to apply for.   

Applying for a Personal Learning Account (PLA) 

Eligibility criteria for Personal Learning Account (PLA) courses:

If you’re aged 19 or over (on commencement of the training course), living in Wales and any of the below apply to you, then you could be eligible:

  • Earning under the median income: £30,596
  • Working on a zero-hour contract 
  • Agency staff 
  • Full-time carers (paid or non-paid)  
  • Offenders on day release 

Earn over £30,596?  We have a range of Digital and Net Zero Qualifications which are PLA Fully Funded and have no salary cap. View and apply here. 

All other eligibility criteria applies. 

You cannot get a PLA if you are under 19 years of age (on commencement of the training course), live outside of Wales, or in full-time education, or on an apprenticeship or unemployed or in receipt of a Welsh Government Learning Grant or Education Maintenance Allowance, or unemployed or an ineligible overseas national.  
You can only undertake one qualification at a time and the exam/assessment must be completed before applying for further qualifications.

Think you are eligible for a Personal Learning Account? Then apply for a course today! 
Just browse the courses below and apply. Once you’ve applied, one of our advisers will be in touch.