Welsh Government provide funding and support that enable key services and programmes to deliver essential upskilling opportunities in Wales. You can contact a WULF project, a Union Learning Rep (ULR) or a member of our team at firstname.lastname@example.org about the latest news and available funds.
Funding can vary in terms of who is eligible and what sort of learning opportunities can be delivered.
Some funds are:
If you have a ULR at your workplace, talk to them about your needs and aspirations. You may be asked to complete a learning needs survey or you might be signposted to your union's WULF project to receive support, advice and guidance.
BioInnovation Wales offer study modules for free. The project intends to enhance innovation and productivity of the Welsh biotech and food companies and to improve their associated supply chains.
Wales has been granted regionalised investment from Government (both UK and Welsh) to boost economic growth, create jobs, improve skills, wellbeing and infrastructure. The City and Growth deals provide regional funding for projects and programmes.
The funding is given in the form of City and Growth deals to the regions below.
The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) and the skills partnership embraces the 10 local authority areas covering South East Wales -Blaenau Gwent; Bridgend; Caerphilly; Cardiff; Merthyr Tydfil; Monmouthshire; Newport; Rhondda Cynon Taf; Torfaen; and Vale of Glamorgan.
Their website lists current projects on a Project Hub page. Whilst the funding available is aimed at investors, employers, stakeholders and public sector organisations, they may be of interest if you live or work in the Cardiff Capital Region.
The website also has a Skills and Talent hub branded ‘Venture’. The hub is aimed at graduates, specialists and employers. Venture is a one stop shop for businesses looking to grow, and people looking to advance their careers in the Cardiff Capital Region.
The service hopes to introduce skills bootcamps and a range of qualifications that match people and employers in the most efficient and engaging way, from apprenticeship to more senior levels.
The Swansea Bay City deal is led by four regional local authorities - Carmarthenshire Council, Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot Council and Pembrokeshire Council - together with the Swansea Bay and Hywel Dda University Health Boards, Swansea University, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and private sector partners.
Their website lists current programmes and projects with one focussing on Skills and Talent. Bespoke education and training solutions will be introduced, which meet the needs of industry and key City Deal themes. Investment will include funding for equipment and the development of courses to support the projects.
The Mid Wales Growth deal covering Powys and Ceredigion, is led by Growing Mid Wales Regional Partnership, between private and public sectors, and with Welsh Government. The initiative seeks to represent the region's interests and priorities for improvements to the mid Wales local economy.
Colleges and providers in Wales have access to a variety of different funding opportunities. The Wales TUC Organising and Development Officers (ODOs) will be able to offer advice and guidance to sign post you to suitable providers.
Union Learning Reps can email a dedicated inbox at email@example.com to ask for funding advice and guidance.
Chwarae Teg have a vision of a Wales where every woman and girl is treated equally, is able to fully participate in the economy, and public and political life and live safe from violence and fear. Chwarae Teg offer a Women’s Career Development Programme. Applications are open year-round with the West Wales & Valleys Agile Nation 2.
The Flexible Skills Programme may be able to help employers with financial support towards upskilling their workforce. They currently have specific programmes to help:
Further Education (FE) is generally delivered by Wales based colleges and to students over the age of 16. Colleges Wales has a list of providers in Wales. Colleges and FE providers in Wales will have access to a range of different funds.
Higher Education (HE) in Wales is delivered by Wales's universities, and the Open University in Wales. The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) fund Higher Education institutions.
Higher Education Student Funding
Welsh Government have up to date advice for individuals considering starting a Higher Education course for the first time, or those wishing to progress onto a postgraduate course. Watch the Welsh Government video - Don't let money get in the way of university.
*Guidance and eligibility criteria may change annually.
The Open University in Wales have a range of payment and financial support options to meet your individual needs and to help you meet your study goals – whether you’re studying a single module or working towards a qualification.
Personal Learning Accounts provide flexible and fully funded learning, both online and face to face around your existing responsibilities. It will enable you to obtain the skills and qualifications you need to switch careers and embark on a new pathway.
A large selection of private providers deliver training and learning opportunities in Wales and may be able to access funds for learning and skills. You can search for providers on the UK Register of Learning Providers. Try searching for providers within 10 miles of major towns and cities.
Jobs Growth Wales+ is a training and development programme for 16-19 year olds that gives you the skills, qualifications and experience you need to get a job or further training.
ReAct+ offers tailored solutions which may include financial support, skills training and Personal Development Support to help remove barriers to employment, such as support with mental health, confidence building, language skills and more.
Skills for Employers and Employees is an exciting opportunity for businesses across North Wales to develop staff skills and create a highly qualified workforce, better equipped to deliver commercial success in the future.
The programme targets key sectors including:
The Skills Gateway is a free website based service on Business Wales which focusses on skills development, support and advice. Local support available to you can be viewed by choosing a Local Authority on their interactive Wales map.
The Skills Information Hub has further advice and guidance for workplace issues e.g. recruitment, training, inductions and skills profiles. This could help ULRs plan activity for new staff with management and/or workplace training team.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students, can create an account, apply for funding and manage their student finance account using the Student Finance website.
The Upskilling@Work initiative is designed to improve skills and increase productivity in the workplace. To upskill employees with low or no qualifications up to Level 2 and / or provide technical skills to those at Level 3 to 6. Upskilling@Work provides opportunities for employers in Wales to gain accredited qualifications for their workforce. Visit the skills gateway webpage for more information. Upskilling@work factsheet
Vocational learning funding options in Wales:
Working Wales is a free employment, learning, skills and funding advice service, set up to support individuals through changing times. Advisors provide guidance and access to training to help you get into work or further your career. The Support Finder enables the user to find support programmes a person may be eligible for, depending on their individual circumstances. e: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 0800 028 4844
Working Skills for Adults is a regional project supporting working people who have only low level or no formal qualifications across the counties of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen. The aim of the project is to provide support to participants to gain new skills and accredited qualifications.
Community, Third sector and other funds cover a wide range of opportunities. Contact us for support and guidance.
Community learning opportunities can complement work based learning by helping an individual get a taste for learning, build confidence and progress onto further study.
The National Lottery raises money for good causes. People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities.
Keep Wales Tidy are a charity working across Wales to protect the environment for now and for the future. They offer starter packages for community groups to create, restore and enhance local places for nature. #BacktoNature
The Wales Council for Voluntary Action manage several different funding schemes that benefit the voluntary and Third sector in Wales.
In the funding section you’ll find information on WCVA’s funding schemes, along with everything you need to help you search for and maintain funding for your cause.
Funding Wales is a new funding search platform created by Third Sector Support Wales. Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using their free online search engine.
Once registered you can search hundreds of grant and loan finance opportunities from local, national and international sources. From small grants to large capital projects we can help you find the funding you need.
Funding Wales lists funders with a track record of supporting projects in Wales.
The Arts Council for Wales help people to make, present and exhibit the arts. They work with artists and organisations to reach as many people across Wales as possible. They offer funding and research the ways we can protect and sustain creative activities in Wales.
The Arts Council for Wales have accessed funding from the National Lottery.
Sport Wales are the national organisation responsible for developing and promoting sport and physical activity in Wales. They manage The Be Active Wales Fund which aims to protect and progress community sport clubs and organisations in Wales.
This handy article has some great suggestions to help you learn from home.
Some unions run bursary schemes to help their members, contact your local branch, or check their website to find out more.
Taith is Wales’ new international learning exchange programme, creating life-changing opportunities to travel, volunteer, learn and experience.