Personal Learning Accounts (PLA)

Your route to free courses to progress or change career

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 £29,534 
  • Working on a zero-hour contract 
  • At risk of being made redundant 
  • Agency staff 
  • Full-time carers (paid or non-paid)  
  • Offenders on day release 

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 an Assembly 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.