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Personal Learning Accounts

Take advantage of our FREE and FLEXIBLE courses across a range of key sector areas 

If you’re over 19, in a job earning less than £26,000 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.

What is a personal learning account? 

Personal Learning Accounts provide a flexible and fully funded learning entitlement model to support employed individuals earning under 26K as well as those on furlough or who’s jobs are at risk, gain the right skills to either change careers or progress in employment at a higher level. The courses are specifically designed to address vocational training in sectors where there is a skills shortage to ensure the future needs of the economy are met

Who is eligible? 

  • Aged 19+ and earning under £26,000 PA
  • Those on zero hour contracts or agency staff 
  • Those negatively impacted by COVID (Furloughed staff (with any salary) and those at risk of redundancy 

How will a PLA benefit me? 

  • Improve prospects - giving you the skills to retain or secure a job 
  • Help you to progress to the next stage of your career
  • Help you gain the skills you need to support a career change

What courses are available for me? 


Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

Qualification Title Level
Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (QCF) 2
Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (QCF) 2
IMI Level 2 Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance 2

IMI Level 3 Award in Hybrid Motor Vehicle Technology

City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Introductory Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding 1

City & Guild Level 2 Award in Metal Inert Gas (MIG)

EAL Level 3 Extended NVQ Diploma in Fabrication and Welding Engineering (QCF) 3


Digital and Enabling Technologies 

Qualification Title Level
City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Principles of Social Media within a Business  3
Level 3 Award in Principles of Website Creation and Optimisation  3


Financial, Legal and Professional Services 

Qualification Title Level
ILM Institute of Leadership and Management  2,3,4

HFE - Education, Health, Social Care and Childcare 

Qualification Title Level
City & Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care - Core 2
City & Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care - Practice (Adults) 2
City & Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care - Practice (Adults) 3
Level 2 Food Safety 2
Level 3 Food Safety 3


HFE - Hospitality, Retail and Tourism 

Qualification Title Level
City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Retail Knowledge  2
Fitness Instructor  2
Level 3 Personal Trainer  3
VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Hairdressing and Barbering Services 2
VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Beauty Therapy and Nail Services 2
VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Make-up Services 2



Qualification Title Level
Health and Safety On Site Awareness in Construction & Building Services 2


Sector Wide 

Qualification Title
E-learning COSHH Risk Assessment 
E-learning Dementia Awareness
E-learning Food Safety Awareness
E-learning Health & Safety in the Workplace
E-learning Manual Handling Safety at Work 
E-learning Prepare to Deliver Excellent Customer Service
E-learning Prevention and Control of Infection 
E-learning Principles of Internet Safety 
Agored Cymru Entry Level Award in Welsh as a Second Language: Using Welsh in the Workplace - Reception Skills

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