Coleg Gwent offers an opportunity for change to low-income, at risk and furloughed workers in Wales

With nearly half of businesses trading at below expected levels*, unemployment rates in some sectors are set to rise as we see out the year. 

BUT, there’s hope yet for some! Coleg Gwent have been part of a pilot project with the Welsh Government to offer FREE and FLEXIBLE Personal Learning Accounts (PLAs) to anyone aged 19 or over, living in Wales, in a job earning less than £26,000 a year, on a zero hour contract, furloughed or at risk of redundancy. 

Those eligible for a PLA will have access to a range of qualifications across a myriad of sectors, helping them to find employment or take the next step to a great career.

Coleg Gwent’s range of PLA courses available at Level 3 and above are in sectors such as engineering, construction, IT, financial services, business and law.

They also offer university level qualifications as part of the project. Depending on the course, university course fees usually range from around £7,000 – £9,500 a year, but Coleg Gwent are offering these free! It poses the question – what’s the catch? 

Welsh government are fully funding the initiative in order to fill the gap of skills shortages within IT, construction and engineering sectors among others in Wales. 

All they ask, is that you fund your travel and your books/studying materials for the course and fully commit to your studies. 

As well as access to tutors with industry expertise and working alongside Working Wales, access to a Personal Learning Account will also provide you with a simple approach to employability support. This will include personalised advice, guidance, support and the training needed to secure and maintain long-term employment. 

Support available includes job specific training, job searches, CV writing, confidence building, interview preparation and securing work placements.

So, what are you waiting for?  If you want to learn more about PLA opportunities, visit Coleg Gwent’s website or get in touch via

*Business Impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey (BICS)