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Personal Learning Account (PLA)

Are you over 19 and living in Wales and earning under £30,596 a year. Is your job at risk, or are you looking to develop your career ? If so, you may be eligible for a Personal Learning Account.

What is PLA Funding?

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 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.


Did you know if you are under formal notice of redundancy, or have have been made unemployed in the past 6 months, you can also access fully funded courses using the Welsh Governments ReAct+ training programme.


Who is eligible?

Support under the Personal Learning Account (PLA) scheme is available for individuals who:

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

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

  • Be employed (including self-employed) earning under the median income of £30,596, or
  • A worker on a zero hour contract, or
  • Agency staff, or
  • At risk of being made redundant, or
  • Offenders on day release

Earn over £30,596? You can receive a fully-funded course via the PLA Green or PLA Digital funding scheme, as these have no salary caps!


What courses can I do?

At NILC, we specialise in IT and Project Management and offer over 500 courses and certifications. A few examples of the fully funded skills and qualifications we can help you with are below.

Project Management
Microsoft Office
Sage Accounts
Technical IT
IT Service Management

Title

Value

Fully Funded

Agile Project Management Foundation

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

PRINCE2 Foundation

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

Scrum Master

Virtual, Classroom

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

Title

Value

Fully Funded

ICDL Level 1 Award

Virtual, Classroom

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

ICDL Level 2 Extra

Virtual, Classroom

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

ICDL Level 3 Advanced

Virtual, Classroom

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

Title

Value

Fully Funded

Eligible for PLA

Fully Funded

Title

Value

Fully Funded

CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA A+

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA Network+

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA Security+

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA CyberSecurity Analyst+ (CySA+)

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA Cloud+

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA Data+

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA PenTest+

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

CompTIA Server+

Virtual, Classroom, Online

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

Title

Value

Fully Funded

ITIL Foundation

Virtual, Classroom

Eligible for PLA Digital

Fully Funded

How do I apply?

Contact Us and we will put you in contact with one of our PLA Funding training advisers to discuss your preferred courses in greater detail and outline your next steps. If you are then happy to proceed, we will help arrange the funding for you and be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have.


Contact Us and speak to one of our PLA funding training advisers today. Contact us by phone, webchat or email to arrange an appointment.


 

Have a question about PLA funding? Get in contact with us. We're here to help.

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