Personal Learning Accounts (PLAs) are free courses which give you new skills and qualifications.
A Personal Learning Account (PLA) is a programme funded by the 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.
Eligibility criteria for Personal Learning Account (PLA) courses:
Individual Learners – PLA
If you’re aged 19 or over and any of the below apply to you, then you could be eligible.
You must be:
- Resident in Wales
- Earning under the median income £29,534
- Furloughed workers or has/is accessing the UK’s Job Support scheme
- Working on a zero-hour contract
- At risk of being made redundant
- Agency staff
- Your career or industry has been impacted by COVID-19
You cannot get a PLA if you are under 19 years of age, in full-time education or unemployed.
Even though you may be eligible for funding for more than one PLA course, we can only accept one application per person at a time. If an application is successful for a course, you must complete this course before beginning another course.
If you are unsure which course may be best suited to you, or if you would like advice and guidance on your career development, you can arrange to speak to one of our expert Career Coaches. Simply complete our enquiry form and one of our Career Coaches will be back in touch.
Employer eligibility – ELA
PLA funding is also available to employers to upskill the workforce. Please note, PLA funding cannot replace staff CPD.
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