Personal Learning Account (PLA)

How Personal Learning Account Works

A Personal Learning Account (PLA) will allow you to study fully funded, flexible part-time courses around your existing responsibilities.

Personal Learning Accounts provide flexible courses and qualifications, which are fully funded by the Welsh Government.

You'll be able to acquire new skills and qualifications that local employers need, to help you progress your current career or change it altogether.

The Process


We will receive an initial enquiry via email or telephone, or a candidate will register their interest on the website.


We will then send an email with an acknowledgment of the enquiry or interest and send a the link to upload identification (photo ID and a payslip) and the PLA form to be completed and returned.


Once these are returned, we will then send a prospective candidate's ID and completed form over to the relevant college to be approved.


Once approved we will contact the candidate to book them onto a specific course date.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must:

  • Live and work in Wales
  • Be aged 19 years old or over
  • Not be in full-time education or in receipt of apprenticeship funding
  • Wish to gain skills/qualifications in priority sectors.

In addition, candidates must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Be employed (including self-employed) and earning under £30,596 per annum
  • Applying for an approved course to develop digital or green skills
  • A worker on a zero-hour contract
  • Agency staff
  • At risk of being made redundant
  • Offenders on day release.

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