Learning 4 Life

Learning 4 Life is Llamau’s own alternative, pre-vocational learning programme. We work with the people that Llamau supports to develop the independent-living and employability skills that many of us take for granted. Learning 4 Life first began back in 1998 in Cardiff and Barry as a response to the clear barriers young people working with Llamau were facing when engaging with work, training or education.

The young people that we work with may have had disrupted schooling and lacked educational opportunities, meaning that they are disproportionately represented in the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training. Learning 4 Life aims to address these barriers by providing Llamau service users with the first steps in improving Basic Skills, employability skills and, most important of all, confidence.

Learning 4 Life is an integral part of many young people’s experience of Llamau and shows how Llamau aims to address multiple barriers to progression in a holistic way. Learning 4 Life helps young people to realise that they can achieve and helps them to see themselves as learners and as having potential. Learning 4 Life helps young people make the first steps towards employment with practical support such as CV writing and interview practice but also with support to gain the skills needed for work and the confidence to take the first step.

Through the Learning 4 Life programme, Llamau is an approved provider of City & Guilds Essential Skills Wales qualifications in Application of Number, Communication and ICT. We are also approved to offer a range of Agored Cymru Awards including Health & Safety in the Workplace, Internet Safety Awareness and Understanding Feelings.

Learning 4 Life also delivers the pre-employability training part of our Symud Ymlaen / Moving Forward programme in South Wales and in Flint and Wrexham. You can find out more about Symud Ymlaen here

Where does Learning 4 Life operate?

In the years since Learning 4 Life started, the service has grown to operate out of 11 centres. Nine of our centres are in south Wales and we have two in north Wales.

You can find details about where Learning 4 Life Centres are here

How does Learning 4 Life take referrals?

Anyone can refer into Learning 4 Life. We usually receive referrals from organisations such as Social Services, Youth Offending Services, Barnardos, Careers Wales, amongst others, but we accept referrals from any organisation.

Learning 4 Life supports young people aged between 16 and 25 and not currently in training, education or employment.

If you are or working with someone who you think would benefit from studying with Learning 4 Life, please telephone 029 2023 9585 or e-mail Lisa Gardiner, Learning 4 Life Team leader for an informal chat and an application form.










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“The biggest achievement is feeling ready to move on.”

“I will have 5 OCNs to my name, and have gained so much from L4L.”

“L4L has made a huge difference in my life… now I want to be a good parent for my children.”

 “Llamau always provides excellent advice, guidance and support for both our staff and our clients. It helps young people overcome barriers that prevent them from progressing in life. Llamau staff always go that extra mile to help young people succeed.”
Careers Wales spokesman 

Winner of Careers Wales “Most Valued Partner Award” in 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2002.