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Welsh Assembly Government support to help individuals gain new skills, overcome obstacles and return to work in the shortest time possible.
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We are committed to Lifelong Learning. Returning to education or developing your skills are worthwhile at any time of life.

Returning to Education

Going back into formal education can help you change career paths or keep you busy in retirement. There is lots of help available from the Welsh Government to assist students in Further and Higher Education. Some examples that you may be eligible for are:

  • Career Development Loan
  • Individual Learning Account Wales
  • Transport costs
  • Maintenance loans
  • Tuition fee loan or grant
  • Assembly Learning Grant for Higher Education
  • Adult Dependents Grant

Visit the Student Finance Wales website for the full list of support available.


They might not immediately spring to mind but apprenticeships offer a structured learning environment and a recognised qualification. There are different types of Apprenticeship (Foundation Modern, Modern and Modern Skills Diploma) and all are open to people of any age.

Adult Learners' Week

Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest festival and celebration of adult learning, co-ordinated by NIACE Dysgu Cymru and core-funded by the Welsh Government, and the European Social Fund. The week offers adults the chance to have a go at learning something new by trying out one of the hundreds of free taster sessions that happen across Wales during the week, and an opportunity for learning providers to showcase their provision.

The Week is run by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education Dysgu Cymru (NIACE DC). NIACE DC was established in 1985 to advise national and local government on issues affecting adult learners in Wales. Visit the NIACE DC website.