Personal Learning Accounts (PLAs)

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Take advantage of FREE and FLEXIBLE courses in ICT, Construction, Engineering, Health & Care and more

If you’re 19 or over, in a job earning less than £29,534 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.

* If you’re a furloughed worker, you’re still eligible to apply for a Personal Learning Account course regardless of your salary level.

Personal Learning Accounts are free courses that give you new skills and qualifications – ones that local employers are looking for – to help you take advantage of skills shortages and get your career really moving.

Better still, they’re flexible – we aim to meet the needs of the whole group when planning the dates and times to run courses. We do our best to deliver learning to fit around people’s family and work commitments.

You’ll find plenty of great, well-paid vacancies are available at the end of it – whether you want to move on in your chosen career or change it altogether!

Any questions? Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

Need to speak to someone? If you have any questions about your current PLA course or need advice on which course to choose, please email us at Alternatively you can call 01495 333597 / 07485 314832 and our PLA team will be happy to help.

Please only apply for one course at a time, as if you make multiple applications, only one can be processed.

Even though you may be eligible for funding for more than one Personal Learning Account course, we can only accept one application per person at a time. If an application is successful for a course, you must complete the first course before any more applications can be made.

Are you an employer? Do you have specific skills gaps? Please click here to see how Employers can get involved with the PLA scheme.

Please note, you will need access to the internet and a laptop/PC in order to complete one of our e-learning or virtual courses. Some courses also require a microphone and webcam. Please check that you have access to the necessary equipment before submitting your application.

Coleg Gwent has partnered with e-Careers to offer you a wide range of courses.

e-Careers is a professional training organisation that delivers accredited courses by eLearning or through Virtual Classrooms.

Once you have completed your PLA application or enrolment with us, the team at e-Careers will manage the delivery of your course.

For more information about e-Careers, please visit

To claim a refund for PLA costs such as exam fees, please download this form.

Download PLA Refund Form

Still not sure if this subject is for you?

Contact us on 01495 333597 / 07485 314832
or email


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