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If you’re fully active in the Armed Forces and would like to begin some training or gain some useful qualifications while still enlisted – either to enhance your prospects while serving or with a long-term view to what kind of career you might eventually like to move into when you leave – here’s what’s available:

If you’re in, or about to enter, your resettlement period and considering the training and qualifications that will benefit your return to civilian life, here’s what’s available:

If you’ve already left the Armed Forces there are still sources of funding you can draw on to enable you to enrol in training or gain the qualifications you need. Here’s what’s available:

Taking stock, broadening horizons
ELCLoans
Taking stock, broadening horizons
The Access to Higher Education (Access to HE) Diploma – regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) – is a widely recognised qualification that provides a second chance for adults who left school without the qualifications needed to enter higher education. If that’s you, read on …
Loans
Loans
Loans
Professional and Career Development Loans are designed to help people change direction or increase their skills by providing a deferred repayment loan
Individual Resettlement Training Cost (IRTC)
IRTC
Individual Resettlement Training Cost (IRTC)
The IRTC grant exists to help towards the cost of resettlement training through the CTP or external training providers.
Looking for  a new start?
ELCLoans
Looking for a new start?
Follow your dream with an Access to HE Diploma
ELC dos and don’ts
ELC
ELC dos and don’ts
A simple guide to the common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Using learning credits with individual resettlement training costs
ELCIRTC
Using learning credits with individual resettlement training costs
The MoD has optimised funding for Service leavers so they can use learning credits during resettlement with their individual resettlement training costs (IRTC) grant to pay towards the cost of eligible learning activities.
Standard Learning Credits
SLC
Standard Learning Credits
The SLC scheme allows personnel to obtain financial assistance for learning costs
ELC: Making an application
ELC
ELC: Making an application
Your step-by-step guide to claiming your ELC funding
Aim higher!
ELC
Aim higher!
Higher education at a college or university is about more than just degree courses – it offers a range of options, including Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs), and foundation degrees, all of which generally have a more vocational slant. So, if you’re ready to step up to the next level, HE could be the option for you.
£250 prize winner! Social security
ELC
£250 prize winner! Social security
To be sure of securing the future career in social work he wanted, former Chief Petty Officer Ian Hall was careful to complement his Forces training and experience with an impressive set of relevant qualifications – and intends to use his ELC towards more. Now successfully ensconced as a Macmillan social worker, Ian can add to his list of achievements that he is this quarter’s Quest £250 prize winner!
Boost your prospects while serving
ELC
Boost your prospects while serving
How your ELC can benefit both you and your Service
How to use your ELC funding
ELC
How to use your ELC funding
When your claim’s approved, there’s a big choice of what to spend your funding on
ELC 101: The basics
ELC
ELC 101: The basics
Subject to certain eligibility criteria, the ELC scheme offers currently serving or former Service personnel access to a first full level 3 or a first higher education qualification free from tuition fees.
Hands-on higher education success
ELC
Hands-on higher education success
Barney Polden graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 2017 with a first-class degree and was nominated by the College for the Institute of Osteopathy’s (iO) Rising Star award. Here’s Barney’s back story …
Sponsorship
Sponsorship
Sponsorship
You may be able to access sponsorship through schemes set up to benefit Service leavers, such as that run by X-Forces
Ringing the changes for a new year
ELCLoans
Ringing the changes for a new year
For many people, the start of a new year is an exciting time as they think about what the coming year will bring (and work through their new year’s resolutions). For others it’s a less exciting time. Nevertheless, it is a chance to take stock, think about things that could make life better and to look forward to the coming year …
£250 PRIZE WINNER! Author of his own  success
ELC
£250 PRIZE WINNER! Author of his own success
… that’s Steve Higgs, our latest Quest quarterly £250 prize winner, who has put to excellent use the courses and funding available to him during and since his time in uniform. His pursuit of higher-level qualifications got him noticed while serving – and, now he’s left, his dedication to self-enhancement is still giving back, seeing him secure a high-ranking role at a top-flight engineering firm while also finding success as a published novelist alongside his day job. Steve tells us his story so far …
ELC: Avoiding queries or rejection
ELC
ELC: Avoiding queries or rejection
Almost 20% of claims fail to comply with the correct procedures, here's how to help things to run smoothly.
HE’s apprenticeship revolution
ELC
HE’s apprenticeship revolution
Apprenticeships are at the forefront of a huge change in the world of higher education – it is now possible to be an apprentice at all levels of learning, right up to master’s
£250 PRIZE WINNER! On course  for success
ELC
£250 PRIZE WINNER! On course for success
… that’s Anthony Clarke, our first Quest quarterly £250 prize winner. Thanks to his already impressive haul of qualifications he stands out as a shining example of how to use all the educational opportunities available to you while serving in order to prepare for a successful second career on leaving. Here’s his story so far …
Are you eligible for ELC?
ELC
Are you eligible for ELC?
Take a look at the eligibility rules to find out …
No longer serving?
ELC
No longer serving?
How to claim your ELC if you have left the Service.

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