Wanting to access flexible part time training? If you are employed and earning under £26,000, been furloughed or your job is at risk you may be eligible for a Personal Learning Account.
What is a Personal Learning Account?
A Personal Learning Account will allow you to study part-time around your existing responsibilities. It will enable you to obtain the skills and qualifications you need to change your career or progress in your current job. Your study will take place through a college in Wales either online or face to face or a combination of them both.
Personal Learning Accounts provide flexible courses and qualifications, which are fully funded by the Welsh Government.
You'll be able to get new skills and qualifications that local employers need to help you progress your current career or change it altogether.
Who is eligible for a Personal Learning Account?
Your eligibility will be checked when you apply.
- Live in Wales
- Want to gain skills/qualifications in priority sectors
- Be 19 years old or over
In addition, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be employed (including self-employed) earning under the median income (£26,000), or
- A furloughed worker, or
- A workers on a zero hour contract, or
- Agency staff, or
- At risk of being made redundant, or
- Employed and been negatively impacted by the economy, for example the hospitality industry
You won't be eligible if when you apply you are:
- Under the age of 19; or
- Attending further or higher education on a fulltime basis 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 (that you do not have a contract of employment)
Redundancy and Personal Learning Account
The Personal Learning Account programme is open to you if you have been furloughed or at risk of redundancy. If you are unfortunately made redundant while undertaking your learning, the Welsh Government will continue to fund the Personal Learning Account to enable you to achieve your qualification.
If you are studying through a Personal Learning Account you will not be able to receive ReAct vocational training support at the same time.
However, you can access the following support from the ReAct programme if you are eligible:
- The ReAct wage subsidy element of the ReAct programme (Employer Recruitment Support)
- The ReAct employers training grant (Employer Training Support)
- Continue training through the Personal Learning Account
How to apply for a Personal Learning Account
Contact us to apply for a Personal Learning Account. You will be given quality careers advice and guidance and an independent assessment to ensure the right learning is selected. Careers Advisers will support you through the application process.
You can also contact colleges directly.
Where can I use a Personal Learning Account?
Colleges across Wales are offering courses through the Personal Learning Account:
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