• Personal Learning Account (PLA)

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Your eligibility will be checked when you apply. You must:


  • Live in Wales
  • Want to gain skills/qualifications in priority sectors
  • Be 19 years old or over.


In addition you must meet the following criteria:


  • Be employed (including self-employed), earning under the median income (£29,534), or
  • A worker on a zero hour contract, or
  • Agency staff, or
  • At risk of being made redundant, or
  • Employed and been negatively impacted by the economy eg the hospitality industry.

As the programme is aimed at people that would like to change their career then no prior knowledge is needed of the sector. Some of the courses can be accessed with no specific skills or qualifications.


However, you can discuss the course requirements when you have your discussion with a member of the Personal Learning Accounts team from Coleg Cambria.

Welsh Government is funding 100% of the course costs.

Prior to starting the course you will be offered to develop a training plan which will set out the courses / qualifications you can do to help you progress your career in whichever sector you choose.


You can access more than one course, but must finish one course before starting another.

Skill shortages within the digital, construction and engineering, health and financial sectors are creating recruitment issues among employers. These courses have been chosen following extensive engagement with employers, stakeholders, representative groups and potential participants to ensure they address the skill shortages within these sectors.

Any additional costs such as childcare and travel will not be funded.

Yes, you will be asked to show your photo ID and proof of earnings before completing a self-declaration form.

The college is flexible and will aim to deliver the learning around your family and work commitments; your availability will be discussed during your pre-admission assessment.


You will need to arrange your own time to study your qualification. You could learn in a classroom environment or online class on a certain day of the week.


Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, courses will be delivered in-line with current government regulations.

Yes they are open to anyone who meets all other eligibility criteria.

People are ineligible (at the point of application) if they are:


  • Under the age of 19; or
  • attending school or college full-time as a pupil or student; or
  • in full-time higher education or
  • in Welsh Government funded Work Based Learning
  • an ineligible overseas national; or
  • in receipt of an Assembly Learning Grant or Education Maintenance Allowance; or
  • unemployed.

Coleg Cambria will do its best to meet the needs of everyone when planning the dates and times to run the courses.


We are flexible and will aim to deliver the learning around people’s family and work commitments. Your availability will be discussed during your pre-admission assessment. In addition, a number of online courses are being delivered by the college.

The course is free and 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 circumstances change. You could apply to start a new course, if you still met the eligibility criteria for the programme. However, if you dropped out of your second course you would not be entitled to future funding through the Personal Learning Account.

You wouldn’t receive the money directly. The college will be paid directly by Welsh Government.

If you are made redundant during your PLA course then we can work with you to ensure that you maximise funding available to you should you wish to re-train.


Please contact us for more information.

Personal Learning Accounts can be accessed by your employer but eligibility criteria does apply and can be discussed on application.

We’d be very interested to hear your personal story about how a PLA has helped you to change career and realise your aspirations. These questions will be part of your learning plan.