Throughout your Army career you will have been given appropriate training and education for both personal and professional development and opportunities to gain nationally recognised qualifications that are valued by civilian employers.
While Functional Skills qualifications are widely recognized there are provisions to translate other Army courses such as your own trade courses and Command Leadership and Management (CLM) through accreditation process.
The Army encourages all soldiers to take part in their personal development and there are various sources of funding available to assist you in this process and the two most commonly known are:
Standard Learning Credit (SLC)
The SLC scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs. You are able to claim 80% of your course fees, up to a maximum of £175 per financial year. To qualify for SLC funding, the course of study must lead to a nationally recognised qualifications, have substantial development value and directly benefit the Service.
The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.Official Website
The Enhanced Learning Scheme (ELC)
The MOD and the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills offer eligible Service Leavers free Further/Higher Education (FE/HE) Access support for a first level 3 or Foundation Degree qualification.
To be eligible, Service Leavers must have:
Distance learning allows you to study at your own pace, no matter where you are. A range of schemes and courses are available but it requires discipline to organise your study time. Many Gurkha soldiers have studied with the Open University which offers hundreds of courses ranging from Certificates to Degree level qualifications.
You may prefer to attend a part-time class or short courses at a local college. Your education officer may have this information to hand and most colleges publish a brochure.
The Defence Learning Environment (DLE) has a large amount of high quality learning material including:
Army eLearning Centres located within Army Education Centres can provide support and information for both soldiers and their families.
As you come towards the end of your service it is good practice to attend resettlement events and job fairs to see what is types of job are available and to maybe make some good contacts. Many of these events are focused around resettlement courses so it can help you decide on your next career path.
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