ELCAS - Lifelong learning among members of the Armed Forces

Adult Education

The Ministry of Defence promotes lifelong learning among members of the Armed Forces, from the day you join and start basic training, to career courses where you learn a trade and gain City & Guilds, National Vocational Qualifications or Higher National Certificate qualifications, right through to the day they leave the Service and gain further training for your future career in civilian life. Following the recent cutbacks, the Ministry of Defence is now making a concerted effort to get the remaining serving members of the armed forces to utilise your training funding, this allows full time members of the Armed Forces to pursue your personal development, both during your Service and for up to ten years afterwards, subject to the qualifying criteria being met.

Enhanced Learning Credits

All serving military personnel can join the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) scheme and are then entitled to claim up to £6000 towards the cost of training and education courses. This funding can be spent with any learning provider who has registered with the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS), who hold a list of approved commercial training companies, colleges and universities.
Following the recent cutbacks, the Ministry of Defence is now making a concerted effort to get the remaining serving members of the armed forces to utilise your training funding
MoD

Standard Learning Credits

Every serving member of the Armed Forces is entitled to a sum of £175 per year towards the cost of personal and professional development. This can be used in conjunction with IRTC and ELCs.

Resettlement Grants

If you are leaving the Armed Services and in resettlement you are entitled to The Individual Resettlement Training Costs (IRTC) Grant, this is a tax-free entitlement of £534 towards the cost of a course. Additionally, Service Leavers can claim a daily subsistence allowance of up to £79 towards the cost of accommodation, meals and incidental expenses. This can be claimed for up to a maximum of 49 days, depending on the individual’s length of service.

Talk to your Education and Resettlement officer for more information on how to claim your funding and for advice and guidance on what qualifications you could benefit from.

www.enhancedlearningcredits.com

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