ELCAS | Everything You Need to Know:
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) use Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) to sponsor Armed Forces personnel to improve their education and, in particular, to support them through resettlement as they move into civilian life. ELC funding can be used to pay for NEBOSH qualifications.
The ELC scheme provides financial support for service leavers wishing to undertake recognised qualifications at Level 3 (NEBOSH Certificate level) or above. Full information on the ELC scheme, approved courses, eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) website. www.enhancedlearningcredits.com
Who Are ELCAS?
ELCAS are the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services. The Ministry of Defence introduced this scheme to help resettle ex-forces members into a new career. To do this, they are helping to fund their career education courses after or during their service in the military. When enlisting in the forces, you will be asked whether you want to opt into the ELC scheme. However, you may be eligible to apply for ELC even after retiring from service.
You can also continue to claim ELC for a decade after leaving your role in the forces. The scheme was set up in order to help ex-forces’ settlement into work life and help them with career goals and personal development.
What is ELCAS Funding?
ELCAS funding in the format of ELC (Enhanced Learning Credits). These ELC can be used on numerous types of academic courses throughout education. These credits serve as a boost to help retired service personnel a chance at a new career outside of the military. This is an excellent incentive to learn new skills and pursue a career that you’ve always wanted. If you’re no longer in service, you’ll have to provide your last full day of service and other information such as your address. You’ll also need to include information such as which course you’re planning on taking.
Further Education Funding
Another incentive offered by ELCAS is the opportunity to have either a Level 3 or equivalent or undergraduate degree. This is under the Service Leavers scheme, and the course fees are paid directly by the Ministry of Defence. This service is different from ELC. This Further Education scheme is subject to eligibility conditions. Furthermore, it requires an application with information regarding the chosen courses and candidate information. It is worth considering if you are missing key educational grades. ELC funding is more aimed towards those with specific career training goals in mind.
Why Do You Need Funding?
One of the many benefits of working in the armed forces is the educational benefits, such as ELCAS funding. This scheme provides service personnel with the reassurance that when they leave the forces, they have a career opportunity waiting for them. It also gives reassurance to current forces personnel that if they do want to leave, they have an opportunity to enjoy a new and exciting career when they do. It can take a massive strain off of those who have just left the military and are settling back into normal life.
This funding can dramatically help with adjusting to life after serving. It is also a nice incentive to join the military, even if you know your true passion lies in construction or another sector.
Who is Eligible?
If you have served over a total of 6 years in military service, you are eligible to apply for ELC claims. Leaving the military before the 31st of March 2016 means you may have to check the expiry of your ELC funding if you have already applied. Unfortunately, if you haven’t yet completed 6 years of service in the armed forces, unfortunately, you won’t be eligible for funding. If you are no longer in service or still serving in the military, you have to apply through ELCAS with all the relevant forms and information as laid out in their claims forms.
You can make a total of three ELC claims in your lifetime; this allows for a maximum of three academic years of funding. This will cut your costs dramatically when training in a new career sector.
Benefits of ELCAS Funding
The ELCAS funding scheme is a great initiative to get ex-forces back out there into the career world. Not only this, it also helps to develop their skills to add back into the skill pool of the country. By taking these often vocational courses, ex-military are helping to fill skills shortages in the UK and qualify for jobs that are in high-demand. This benefits both them and the industries. In turn, a good salary can be achieved while also benefiting the employers and industries in which they have chosen. Many sectors benefit from the introduction of a funding scheme which helps talented and disciplined individuals to develop new career goals.
How Much Funding Can I Get?
If you have served over six years within the military, you are eligible for the lower tier of £1,000 per academic year for study. You are eligible for the upper tier of £2,000 per academic year if you have completed over eight years of military service. These figures will be claimed through ELCAS themselves once you have completed a claims form. Depending on how much funding you get, you will still have to pay up to 20% of your course depending on how much it costs.
This is because ELC funding only covers up to 80% of your course fees for one academic year. This should still cover a fair portion of your course fees. Unless you wish to take an undergraduate degree, in which case you will have to pay more.
You will also be responsible for any travel, food and materials expenses throughout the course. Unfortunately, you will not receive funding for this during the ELC scheme.
What Courses Can I Take?
The ELC scheme allows individuals to take any courses that are Level 3 or above on the National Framework Qualification scheme. The process of choosing a course can be difficult. However, it is important to note that you can only use your ELC funding with an institution that ELCAS itself has approved. The subjects of courses can involve many different sectors, such as personal training, management or construction. The courses you pick are entirely down to your career choices and how you wish to spend your time studying.
Here at Lighthouse Safety, we specialise in both online and classroom-based courses.
A NEBOSH course is relevant to every workplace and is ideal for managers, supervisors, and anybody with health and safety management responsibilities.
It is also perfect for those embarking on a health and safety career and gives you a stepping stone to success. The course will develop your skills such as planning, evaluating actions taken, effective decision-making, management report writing, and communicating objectives and tasks.
How Do I Apply?
In order to claim ELC funding, you must first make a ‘claim’ through ELCAS. This is the first step in applying for funding. You will then have to submit all your claims information. Following on from this, you’ll need to provide which learning institution you’re planning to study with, and what the course is. For this, you will need to use the dedicated search provider on the ELCAS website in order to find a course which is approved and is part of the funding scheme.
You’ll also need to contact your Single Service Representative (SSR); this person will help fill out the relevant parts of your claim and will take time to accurately fill out the claims application.
Once your claim has been accepted or declined, you can apply through the learning institution to begin your course.