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Coleg y Cymoedd Business Services

Our team provide a variety of apprenticeship opportunities, bespoke commercial training packages and access to national funding streams that support industry needs as well as conferencing, events and room hire.

Coleg y Cymoedd (meaning college of the valleys) was formed in 2013, following the merger of The College Ystrad Mynach and Coleg Morgannwg. Over 10,000 learners’ study at Coleg y Cymoedd each year with sites in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda (Llwynypia) and Ystrad Mynach.

The college offers a wide range of full and part time curriculum courses from Entry to Degree Level in over 15 different curriculum areas. Working in partnership with more than 800 employers, the college’s Business Services team provide a variety of apprenticeship opportunities, bespoke commercial training packages and access to national funding streams that support industry needs as well as conferencing, events and room hire.

Obtain work-related, nationally recognised qualifications through a variety of delivery methods that's flexible to your commitments.

The college has invested significantly in its facilities in recent years, with standout projects including the Nantgarw Campus building (a £40 million award winning campus), Aberdare Campus (a £22 million campus opened in 2017) as well as state of the art railway, automotive and sport facilities.

Please see our website and get in touch with the team for more information on how we can support you with your training needs.


ESF Upskilling@Work Project

In response to the crushing impact of COVID-19 on the economic wellbeing of Wales, Coleg y Cymoedd has come together with WEFO (Welsh European Funding Office) to develop a package of support to help and assist businesses and people during this time.

With support from the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, we can now offer local businesses and self-employed people accredited training and development qualifications for their staff, that are 100% subsidised.

We are delighted to announce that with immediate effect, and expected to run until March 2022, this training is now available for qualifying companies. These include public, private and third sector organisations of any size, with a base in Wales, who have not already received more than 200,000 Euros in de minimis state aid over the last 3 fiscal years.

The training must be an approved and accredited qualification, and includes a range of competence based, work-related qualifications for all business sectors. There's potential to gain these recognised qualifications without having to leave the workplace or miss any work!

Eligibility criteria does apply so please see the link for more information on this and the courses available, as well as registering your interest.

Essential Training Courses

Our training and e-learning courses/qualifications include tutor-led courses such as digital ILM awards, Health & Safety Awareness and IT essentials, with some that you can complete at your own pace.

We can provide essential training, with outstanding success rates. Our specialist training centres provide state-of-the-art facilities and industry recognised accreditation. We have a suite of qualifications available which includes: First Aid, CIPD (Levels 3 & 5), Accountancy (Level 4), Asbestos Awareness and Electrical Installations 18th Edition (with flexible exam options due to the current pandemic).

See the link for more information and choose from lists of Essential Short Courses, Industry Specific Training, Professional Development Programmes and more.

The Personal Learning Account

A Personal Learning Account is a new initiative from the Welsh Government, offering access to free and flexible courses to gain the relevant skills and qualifications needed to develop your career.

PLA funding can be used towards more than one course, but courses must not overlap and will need to be applied for separately.

Eligibility is tested at the point of application. The following individuals are eligible for the programme:

Individuals must:

Live in Wales.
Want to gain skills/qualifications in priority sectors.
19 years old or over.

In addition, individuals must meet at least one of the following criteria:

Employed people (including self-employed) earning under the median income (£29,500).
Furloughed workers (including anyone who has or is accessing the UK Government Job Retention Scheme - which runs until 31st October 2020 - or the Job Support Scheme - in operation from 1st November 2020).
Workers on zero hour contracts.
Agency staff.
At risk of being made redundant.
Employed individuals that have been or potentially will be 'financially' negatively impacted by the economy, for example where their anticipated annual salary this financial year will be less than 29.5k or the future of their employment could be potentially at risk due to working in a sector which is likely to see a negative impact going forward due to COVID-19.

Individuals are ineligible (at the point of application) if they are any of the following:

Under the age of 19.
Attending school or college full-time as a pupil or student in full-time higher education.
In Welsh Government funded Work Based Learning.
An ineligible overseas national.
In receipt of an Assembly Learning Grant or Education Maintenance Allowance.
Unemployed i.e. does not have a contract of employment.

Employer eligibility:

PLA funding is also available to employers, to upskill the workforce - Please note, PLA funding cannot replace staff CPD.

Talk to us today!

Matthew Watts
Employer Engagement Officer

Hi, I'm Matthew. I'll be able to assist with any training queries you have and hopefully find a solution.

A lot of our provisions within Business Services have a funded option attached to it; but if you require something that we can't fund, I will look into the most cost-effective solution for you.

If there is a type of training you're interested in that we don't provide, it is also more than likely that we'll know a trusted third-party who will, which I'll be happy to enquire on your behalf.

Times available: 


9:30am - 3:30pm