Free & Flexible
Give your career a kickstart!
If you’re over 19, in a job earning less than £30,596 a year* and want to take the next step to a great career, a Personal Learning Account could be just what you’re looking for.
Personal Learning Accounts are free courses designed to equip you with the skills and qualifications that local employers are looking for to help you take advantage of skills shortages and get your career moving.
Welsh Government are committed to building a stronger, greener economy as they strive to make maximum progress towards decarbonisation. Upskilling in the Net Zero and Digital sectors will help support this commitment. We have therefore removed the wage criterion on the following courses:
- 4 Foundation (ITIL®) – Virtual Classroom
- Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Certified Ethical Hacker (EC-Council) – Virtual Classroom
- Cloud Practitioner (AWS) – Virtual Classroom
- Electrical Energy Storage: Installation and Commissioning
- Environmental Management (IEMA)
- Environmental Management (NEBOSH) – Virtual Classroom
- Environmental Sustainability Skills for Managers (IEMA)
- Environmental Sustainability Skills for the Workforce (IEMA)
- Hot Water: Domestic Hot Water Storage Systems
- Hot Water: Solar Thermal Heating
- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – Virtual Classroom
- Pathways to Net Zero – Virtual Classroom
- Solar Photovoltaic Systems – Small Scale
- Solutions Architect Associate (AWS) – Virtual Classroom
- Solutions Architect Professional (AWS) – Virtual Classroom
- Water Regulations
Please note: PLA eligibility criteria and courses may change for the next academic year.
Contact Working Wales:
Current eligibility includes:
- aged 19+
- resident in Wales
- employed (inc. part-time, self-employed, agency, zero hour); earning below male median wage (£30,596 a year)
- under notice of redundancy (can continue with course if made redundant after starting)
- full-time carers (eligible to infill on PLA courses where there is capacity)
You can access the programme by making contact with Working Wales for a pre-admissions assessment. An experienced careers adviser will discuss your career aspirations and talk you through the Personal Learning Account process. They will make sure that the course you choose is right for you.
Call: 0800 028 4844
Alternatively, you can contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
As the programme is aimed at individuals that would like to change their career then no prior knowledge of the sector is often needed. Some of the courses can also be accessed with no specific skills or qualifications. You will have the opportunity to discuss the course requirements with your Working Wales advisor or with the college when you have a pre‑admission assessment.
Yes these are open to the self-employed and employed, providing that you meet all other eligibility criteria.
We will aim to deliver the learning around people’s family and work commitments. Your availability will be discussed during your pre-admission assessment.
Yes you can. Although, if you’re currently studying on a full-time basis for a degree or any other formal qualification, you would not be eligible.
Working Wales provides a simple approach to employability support by providing individuals with a single point of contact through which they can access the personalised advice, guidance, support and training they need to secure and maintain long-term employment.
The free advice service offers support face-to-face as well as via digital means like telephone, webchat, email and one-to-one advisory support using Microsoft Teams for video interviewing, to anyone over the age of 16 who is not in full-time education and wants to secure a job. Support available includes job specific training, job searches, CV writing, confidence building, interview preparation and securing work placements. The expert advisers can also signpost people to programmes where they can access childcare support and transport assistance. It is now the main channel for people looking for training and employment.
About the Costs
The course will be 100% funded by the Welsh Government. However, you will need to pay for your travel and ensure you have sufficient time to be able to commit to attending and completing the course.
We understand that personal circumstances change and there will be situations where participants may be in a position where they are unable to continue their course. However, we do ask that you ensure you can commit to the course prior to starting.
We understand personal circumstances change. You could apply to undertake a new course, if you still meet the eligibility criteria for the programme. However, we would expect you to commit to the course and if you dropped out for a second time, you would not be entitled to future funding through the Personal Learning Account.
These courses meet skills shortages that have been identified within priority sectors in Wales. It is expected that these sectors will create job opportunities now or in the future. These courses have been chosen following extensive engagement with employers, stakeholders, representative groups and potential participants to ensure they address the skills shortages within these sectors. We will continue to review this and additional sectors may be added in the future.
You wouldn’t receive the money directly, you just need to enrol on the course. The college will be paid directly by the Welsh Government.
No childcare or travel costs will be funded.