Personal Learning Accounts (PLA)

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Take advantage of FREE and FLEXIBLE courses in a broad choice of industries

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.

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.

Course Providers

Coleg Gwent has partnered with a number of providers in order to offer the broadest range of high-quality Personal Learning Account courses. Select from the options below to find out more about each provider.

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

Heads of the Valleys Training is a well-established provider based in South Wales, offering bespoke training solutions for the transport, logistics and construction industries.

For more information, please visit

GN Group are a professional training provider involved in delivering domestic energy efficiency and air source heat pump courses.

For more information, please visit

Monex Logistics Academy is a new training facility from The Monex Group, which is a well-respected family company with over 3 generations of experience and a fleet of over 100 vehicles. The Logistics Academy is based at the headquarters of The Monex Group in Newport, South Wales.

For more information, please visit

Follow this link to read our Frequently Asked Questions and find out more about Personal Learning Accounts

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.

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.

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

Still not sure if this subject is for you?

Contact us on 01495 333597 / 07485 314832
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