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£250 PRIZE WINNER! On course for success

£250 PRIZE WINNER! On course  for success


07 Jun, 2017

… 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 …

Squadron Leader Anthony Clarke, 36, enlisted in March 2000 and is currently serving as a Weapons Integration Programme Manager with the RAF, specialising as an Aerosystems Engineer. Asked to tell us about the military and civilian qualifications he has obtained so far during his Service career, the list he gave us is so long we’ve had to put it in a separate box!

Don’t wait, use your ELC!

When asked when and why he registered for ELC, Anthony says: ‘I registered in November 2015 to start an MSc course in January 2016. I needed one full ELC credit to study this one-year course, in addition to my personal contribution. It has been a truly immersive and rewarding course.’

Talking about how he chose the course, he continues: ‘It was recommended to me by two RAF colleagues, and when I looked into it I was compelled to have a go and challenge myself further. Although I don’t graduate until July, I already have enough marks to graduate with an MSc in Engineering and Management from the University of Portsmouth with the grade of distinction.

The benefits are that you can fit your learning around the busy periods at work and at home

‘It was a fantastic course. The benefits are that you can fit your learning around the busy periods at work and at home. It is also a chance to make a real difference at work with a relevant project and then receive an academic award at the same time. The course was done entirely via distance learning, as well as some tutorials with my supervisor. It was challenging at times but manageable.

‘I had a project in mind that I would have had to pursue anyway to try to improve support to operations. The MSc programme gave me the extra impetus and focus to complete it with real depth and detail. It built on my engineering qualifications gained in the Service and included attendance at the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Air) at DA Shrivenham, which I did in summer 2015.

‘I try to relate my other CPD to my academic learning, so I attended a weapons technology conference because my thesis subject was “Optimising complex weapons integration programmes in the defence air environment”. I also attended programme management training to allow me to study that area in my thesis.


Military qualifications

System Safety Practitioner course
System Safety Process Manager course
System Safety in Action course
System Safety Awareness course
Developing & Improving Supplier Relationships online
training (DISROL)
Investment Appraisal Training
Finance Skills – Investment Appraisal
Introduction to WOME online
Risk Management training course
Defence Leadership Development Programme (Virtual Ashridge)
Human Factors Error Management Training for Middle Managers
Pan Defence Human Factors Awareness Training
Aircraft Structural Integrity course
Post-Crash Management course
Certificate in Terrorism Studies
DSE Assessor
Risk Assessor
Joint Services Professional Facilitator Programme
SpLD Awareness course
Basic Air Warfare course (BAWC)
Q-A HR7-CFS, Q-A-HR7 Airframe, Q-OPS, Q-A-C130J/K Managers course, JODP, ILMPD(A)

Civilian qualifications

MSc Engineering & Management, University of Portsmouth
MSc Aerospace and Airworthiness, Cranfield University
CMI level 7 Strategic Leadership and Management
BSc (Hons) 2:1 Engineering Management, University of Lincoln
Chartered Engineer (CEng)
APM Professional Qualification (APM PQ)
APMP Project Management Practitioner
MSP Foundation and Practitioner
HND Aerospace Engineering, RAF Cosford
BTEC (ONC) Aeronautical Engineering
Diploma in Administrative Management (DipAM)
Advanced Modern Apprenticeship (AMA) Aircraft Engineering
Maintenance including NVQ level 3 and Key Skills
NVQ level 3 Information Technology
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
NCFE Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

‘It was a fantastic course. It has a good mix of APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning), distance learning and research. I even had to interview senior management, MoD SMEs and industry executives. It really increased my confidence in this area.

‘Before I started, I hoped to be able to take time to reflect and study my core role, produce a meaningful report (my thesis), which my organisation could use, and achieve a master’s-level qualification. I certainly got my wish. I believe the course has enhanced my Service career prospects, and consolidated my learning in engineering, management and project/programme management. I also think the course will help my subsequent civilian career as it is a relevant and valuable qualification in my field of aerospace/airworthiness engineering.

‘My advice to other Service people registering for or using ELC, is to cultivate a good working relationship with your PLA/REC. Be proactive and submit your claim as early as possible so that you can transmit your CAN/personal contribution to your training provider and start on time, knowing all of the year/course is paid for.

‘Don’t wait, use your ELC!’


Could you be our next quarterly £250 prize winner? To find out how, click here where you can find out more and download a copy of the Quest Questionnaire. We look forward to hearing from you …

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