Personal Learning Account (PLA) Core

What is the Personal Learning Account (PLA)?

The Personal Learning Account (PLA) Programme provides support across Wales for eligible people to gain higher level skills which will enable these individuals to access a wider range of job opportunities and/or gain employment at a higher level.

The primary aim of the Personal Learning Account programme is to enable people to upskill and reskill in priority sectors; to improve their career and earnings potential.

Am I eligible for the Personal Learning Account?

Eligibility is tested at the point of application. The following individuals are eligible for the programme.

Individuals must:

  • Live in Wales
  • Want to gain skills/qualifications in priority sectors
  • 19 years old or over (tested at point of course commencement)

In addition, individuals must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Employed (including self-employed) earning under the median income £30,596*
  • Workers on zero hour contracts*
  • Agency staff*
  • At risk of being made redundant, earning under £30,596*
  • Offenders on day release*
  • Full-time carers (paid and non-paid)*

Individuals are ineligible at the point of application if they are any of the following:

  • Under the age of 19
  • Attending school or college full-time as a pupil or student
  • In full-time higher education
  • In Welsh Government funded Work Based Learning
  • An ineligible overseas national
  • In receipt of an Assembly Learning Grant or Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Unemployed i.e. does not have a contract of employment (unless meeting one of the approved criteria)

As part of your funding application, you will be asked to provide supporting ID documents to evidence your eligibility. This will include:
If employed: 3x payslips covering the last 3 months (the PLA team will use this to determine that your income falls under the threshold)
If self-employed: Evidence of UTR number AND proof of income covering last 3 months (e.g. bank statements/invoices) (the PLA team will use this to determine that your income falls under the threshold)
If at risk of redundancy: Letter from your employer advising that your role is at risk of redundancy
If agency staff: 3x payslips covering the last 3 months (if possible – if you’re unable to provide this, please discuss with the team when we contact you following your training plan submission)
If a carer: Evidence of carers allowance payment from last 3 months OR letter from careers advisor confirming you’re a carer


Please note, you only have 90 days from submitting your Training Plan to complete your funding application, for your funding to be approved and to be enrolled onto your chosen course. If your application runs over this timeframe, you may be unable to proceed with your current application and will need to start a new funding application.


Courses available through PLA Core

Find our courses available through the Personal Learning Account Core funding below. To begin your Personal Learning Account Core funding application, please complete your Training Plan here. If you are interested in multiple courses, please speak with a member of the team to complete your training needs analysis.

Construction Courses

City & Guilds Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Site Management (Construction)
Health and Safety Awareness
In partnership with PCR Global
Site Manager (SMSTS)
In partnership with PCR Global
Site Manager (SMSTS) Refresher
In partnership with PCR Global
Site Supervisor (SSSTS)
In partnership with PCR Global
Site Supervisor (SSSTS) Refresher
In partnership with PCR Global

Electrical Courses

City & Guilds Level 3 Award in the Requirements for Electrical Installations BS 7671:2018 (18th Edition)
In partnership with Trydan Training
City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Initial and Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations
In partnership with Trydan Training
City & Guilds Level 3 2377-77 Award in the In-Service Inspect & Test of Electrical Equipment (PAT)
In partnership with Trydan Training
City & Guilds Level 2 2365 Diploma in Electrical Installations
In partnership with Trydan Training
City & Guilds Level 3 2365 Diploma in Electrical Installations
In partnership with Trydan Training
EAL Level 3 Award in Electrical Installation Inspection, Testing, Certification, and Reporting
In partnership with City Training Group
BS7671 Wiring Regulations 18th Edition
In partnership with City Training Group
BS7671 Wiring Regulations 18th Edition Amendment 2
In partnership with City Training Group

Fire Safety Courses

Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installations (Experienced Worker)
In partnership with Site Audit Services
Level 2 Certificate in Fire Sprinkler Installations (Inexperienced Worker)
In partnership with Site Audit Services

Health and Safety Courses

Emergency First Aid (EFA)
Health and Safety Awareness
In partnership with PCR Global
IOSH Managing Safely
In partnership with Ligtas
IOSH Working Safely
In partnership with Ligtas
NEBOSH Construction
In partnership with Ligtas
NEBOSH General
In partnership with Ligtas

Health and Social Care Courses

Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core

Hospitality Courses

BIIAB Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (Alcohol Licence)

LGV (HGV) Training Courses

LGV C (Class 2) with initial driver CPC – Standard or Short Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C (Class 2) with driver CPC periodic training – Standard or Short Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C+E (Class 1) with initial driver CPC – Extended or Long Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C+E (Class 1) with driver CPC periodic training – Extended or Long Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C1 (3.5t to 7.5t) with initial driver CPC – Standard or Short Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C1+E (3.5t to 7.5t towing trailer) with initial driver CPC – Extended or Long Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C+E (Class 1) – Standard or Short Upgrade Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C1+E (3.5t to 7.5t with trailer) – Standard or Short Upgrade Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV C1+E (3.5t to 7.5t with trailer) – Acquired Rights Standard or Short Upgrade Course
In partnership with Big Wheelers
LGV funding applications are temporarily closed due to high demand – Please monitor this page for further updates

Automotive Engineering Courses

IMI Level 2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Routine Maintenance Activities (603/1466/7)
IMI Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement (603/1468/0)

Plant Courses

360 Excavator (Above and Below 10T)
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy
Articulated Rear Tipping Dump Truck
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy
Bulldozer
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy
Forward Tipping Dumper
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy
Loading Shovel
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy
Ride on Roller
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy
Slinger Signaller
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy
Telescopic Handler
In partnership with The Construction Hub Academy

Project Management Courses

Agile Project Management – Foundation Only
In partnership with NILC
Agile Project Management – Foundation & Practitioner
In partnership with NILC
PRINCE2 – Foundation Only
In partnership with NILC
PRINCE2 – Foundation & Practitioner
In partnership with NILC

Click here to find more information on our PLA Core courses

Our PLA Core course profiles, with further details on each course, can be found below.


How Do I Apply?

Choose your course

With our extensive list of courses available under the Personal Learning Account, we’re confident you will find your perfect course.

Please note, you can only access PLA funding for one course at a time. If you are already in the application process, waiting for your funded course to begin or are already on a funded course, please wait to complete this course before applying for PLA funding for another course.

Training Plan

Begin your Personal Learning Account application by completing and submitting an online Training Plan here.

Please only submit one Training Plan at a time. If you wish to apply for PLA funding for multiple courses, you must only submit one Training Plan for your initial course. Once you have secured your funding and completed the course, you can submit a second Training Plan for your next course.

Check your emails

Once we have reviewed your Training Plan, a member of the team will contact you via email to request additional documents to complete your funding application.

Please ensure you complete and return these documents as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note, ineligible submissions won’t receive a response email.

Start your course

Once you have returned your additional documents and your funding is approved, we will work with you to book you on to the best suited start date for you.

Please note, if your course is through a training partner, they will complete this step with you. Any self-led courses can be started immediately.


Unable to find your preferred course? Check our Personal Learning Account Green and Personal Learning Account Digital courses. If your preferred course isn’t available through the Personal Learning Account, or you don’t meet the funding eligibility, please speak with a member of the team for our commercial course fees or view our Commercial Courses page.

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