Working Wales is for anyone over the age of 16 across Wales to access expert advice and guidance to help you overcome obstacles that you may be facing to get you into work. So, whether you need help searching for jobs, writing a CV, preparing for an interview, finding work placement, learning new skills, understanding redundancy rights, childcare support, building self-confidence, or even where to turn next this is the right place to get the help you need. Visit Working Wales for further information.
Personal Learning Accounts
If you are employed and earning under £26,000, been furloughed or your job is at risk you may be eligible for a Personal Learning Account, which 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 through a college in Wales either online or face to face or a combination of them both. 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.
A career review can help you to start exploring your ideas and think about new possibilities, whatever your age or reason for a career change, which could include: looking for a better work-life balance, planning a return to work after having cared for others, nearing retirement and concerned about finance or not wanting to stop work completely, or career progression. Whatever your circumstances, there are experienced and professionally trained careers advisers can provide free and impartial careers guidance and coaching.
All eligible Welsh undergraduates starting a university course from September 2018 will receive support for living costs, made up of a mixture of grants and loans. Most will receive support equivalent to the National Living Wage. For students with a relatively low household income, most of the available support for living costs will be a grant, which does not have to be paid back. From August 2019, eligible postgraduate master’s students could receive a similar package of support to undergraduates.
Student Finance Wales
If you’re looking for information on accessing funding for part-time degrees visit Student Finance Wales.
While at university or college you’ll have two main costs – tuition fees and living costs. To help cover these costs, the main types of finance are Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans (which need to be paid back) and grants and bursaries (which don’t). Most students won’t have to pay anything upfront for their course.
Careers Wales’ bilingual services are focussed on those in greatest need of support with their career planning. They deliver independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance at centres, in partner locations, online as well as over the phone and using social media. Careers Wales work in partnership with other partners to deliver a range of related services.