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Where to work in 2020
Where to work in 2020
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Check out this guide to the current best-performing business sectors in the UK …

New Guaranteed Interview Scheme set to help Service leavers
New Guaranteed Interview Scheme set to help Service leavers
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Richmond Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012 and has since been committed to making it easier for Service personnel and veterans to access help and advice when they need it. Claire Withey of specialist claims solicitors Bolt Burdon Kemp shares news of its latest interview-related initiative …

Distance learning’s time has come!
Distance learning’s time has come!
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If you’re among the thousands of people ‘confined to barracks’ by COVID-19, don’t let it knock your plans off course. Thanks to distance learning, even if you’re in isolation or quarantine, you don’t have to abandon your studies. In fact, the enforced restrictions could offer the perfect opportunity to focus on picking up new skills and qualifications – without distractions.

Dealing with a hearing disorder
Dealing with a hearing disorder
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Service personnel are often exposed to loud, hazardous and noisy environments, says Ahmed Al-Nahhas, head of the military team at London-based law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp. Whether on the firing range, dealing with explosives, piloting aircraft, operating heavy machinery or playing in a brass band, there will be many situations where noise exposure can become harmful. If you’ve been affected, what can you do?

Tax exemption measures for those who are no longer serving
Tax exemption measures for those who are no longer serving
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Under the ELC scheme, most courses of study undertaken by individuals still serving are exempt from taxation, either as income or as a benefit in kind, if they can be justified as ‘work related’.

Help yourself – and your Service
Help yourself – and your Service
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Using your ELC wisely while still in uniform won’t just boost your future prospects, it will benefit your Service too

Time to step up?
Time to step up?
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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, 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.

Make your claim with care
Make your claim with care
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Streamline your application with our list of dos and don’ts

Get it right first time!
Get it right first time!
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Stop queries or rejection slowing down your claim

Already left?
Already left?
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Here’s how to claim your ELC if you are no longer serving …

Claims checklist
Claims checklist
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Keep your claim on track with our step-by-step guide

Spending options
Spending options
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Once your claim is approved, you’ll find a range of choices available

Are you eligible?
Are you eligible?
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Take a look at the ELC eligibility rules below to find out …

Help and advice
Help and advice
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Need to know more? Here’s who can help …

‘Wish I’d done it years ago’
‘Wish I’d done it years ago’
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University of Cumbria nursing graduate Derrick Tyson says he has no regrets about leaving the Forces to take a new direction – indeed he wishes he’d changed career years ago!

We’ve got employee support in our sights!
We’ve got employee support in our sights!
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… so says Jacobs, which aims to be very much more than a global professional services company with a huge international presence. In the UK it’s carrying out major projects including HS2 and Crossrail, but at the individual level it’s also doing a great deal to support its ex-Forces employees …

‘I just feel overwhelmingly lucky’
‘I just feel overwhelmingly lucky’
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… so says Terry Cyrille, who approached Stoll in 2019 in need of help. He now lives at the Sir Oswald Stoll Mansions in Fulham.

Specialist support for job seekers
Specialist support for job seekers
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A new initiative that sees RFEA confirmed as lead partner for The Royal British Legion’s employment support programme is set to help thousands of ex-Forces personnel and their families in civilian life

Running your own business: Get some help
Running your own business: Get some help
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Imagine arriving at your new posting and there’s no one to hand over to you. Your phone is already ringing and people are asking you questions you can’t answer. You have reports to write, deadlines to meet and not a clue how to do most of it. That’s exactly how starting a business can feel, says regular Quest contributor, Steve Bulleyment, director of specialist auto locksmith company Car Key Man, and he has a few ideas as to what you can do about it …

‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’
‘Sorry, no stereotypes!’
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Transitioning to the civilian workplace on leaving the Services is now about much more than stereotypical roles such as security guarding or taking a conventional ‘trade’ with you (useful as these still are), says Claire Withey of Bolt Burdon Kemp. And, when it comes to 21st-century resettlement, she’s keen to emphasise the current breadth of skills the ex-military have to offer potential employers

Training Courses See all

Batalas Ltd | Aviation
We were founded in 1962 and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in auditor training. Our courses enable delegates to learn new skills and knowledge whilst gaining a professional qualification.
International, Nationwide
The Business School (UK) Ltd | Distance Learning
The Business School is a first-class professional development provider, delivering the highest calibre of training to the highest standards. We specialise in the provision of learning and development to military audiences – indeed this was our driver for setting up the business in 2014. We are ELCAS, Cyber Essentials and ISO:9001 approved. The courses listed below all attract ELC and SLC funding, and there are specific mapped options for particular trades.
International, Nationwide
Animal Jobs Direct | Animal Courses
Animal Courses Direct (part of Animal Jobs Direct), is the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual government regulated animal courses.
International, Nationwide
Informa Connect | Distance Learning
The first transnational counter-terrorism online course to provide individuals, military and police, as well as public and private sector organisations with an understanding of the latest thinking on terrorism and homeland security.
International, Nationwide
The Management Development Network (MDN) | Coaching & Mentoring
MDN delivers bespoke qualification programmes in Management & Leadership and Coaching & Mentoring via distance learning for all levels of skills and abilities, from Team Leaders at Level 2 up to Strategic Managers at Level 7. The qualifications are accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and help to translate workplace experience into recognisable qualifications that are known and valued by employers. We work on a 1:1 basis, supporting learners in making the most of their previous experience and translating this into current learning via a distance learning programme. For the more experienced managers we also offer the prestigious CMI Award of “Chartered Manager” (CMgr).
International, Nationwide

Latest Jobs See all

BAE Systems Saudi Arabia | AviationDefence StudiesEngineering - Electrical / ElectronicEngineering - Mechanical
When you’re considering working and living in Saudi Arabia, we appreciate that you’ll be taking all kinds of factors into account. The anticipation of discovering a new way of life is exciting and probably prompts many questions. BAE Systems has been present in Saudi Arabia for over 50 years. Over that time, we have successfully relocated many employees and we would like to give you a flavour of what they’ve experienced.
BAE Systems Saudi Arabia
Charterhouse | Sports / Fitness & LeisureTeaching / Training
The SSI is a vital member of staff and is essential to the smooth running of the contingent. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with knowledge of the cadet forces, military experience and an understanding of the G4 process.
COMBINED CADET FORCES – SCHOOL STAFF INSTRUCTOR SSI
Diversey - TASKI Technical Support Engineer​ | Facilities Management Health Care and Nursing Motor IndustryRetail
This role sits within the Technical Customer Services and you will be responsible for the service and repair of floorcare machines and associated floorcare equipment within defined OTIF and First time Fix targets and to the Customer’s satisfaction.
Diversey - TASKI Technical Support Engineer​
Bulldog Publishing Sales Exec | Sales
Bulldog Publishing Ltd has been established for over 20 years, with the sole purpose of providing forces leavers and serving personnel with up to date and accurate information on education, resettlement, and recruitment. Our market leading publications are well respected within the military community, and our readers play an active part in providing us with the feedback that keeps us at the forefront of military publishing.
Bulldog Publishing Media Sales Exec
Transport For London (TFL) | Transport & LogisticsTransport Management
The Compliance, Policing and On-street Services (CPOS) Directorate delivers integrated pan-TfL enforcement, compliance, policing, security and community safety functions in support of our transport priorities. We provide uniformed services across TfL, be it one of our circa 2,500 police officers or our own uniformed officers, we lead on workplace violence and aggression ensuring a pan modal approach to ensure our network is safe, and to support and look after our people who work in some of the most challenging environments
Transport For London

University See all

Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London | Distance Learning
The Blizard Institute is home to a lively postgraduate community, and its Postgraduate Taught (PGT) programmes are led by experts and informed by the latest research. We offer courses both in-house and through Distance Learning, with The Blizard Institute having the largest proportion of distance learning courses found within Queen Mary University of London. We have a wide range of PGT courses run by several of our Centres within the Blizard, which focus on knowledge, theory, research methodology and practical application.
Greater London
Edinburgh Business School | Accountancy & Book Keeping
Edinburgh Business School is the School of Business of Heriot-Watt University. We have been delivering postgraduate management education to our students for over 25 years.
International, Scotland
University of Hull | Health & Safety
Founded in 1927, the University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research.
Yorkshire and Humber
Leeds Beckett University | Computing & IT
Leeds Beckett University provides degree and post graduate learning in many subject areas and most courses offer both full-time and part-time routes of study.
North West
Edinburgh Napier University | Distance Learning
Edinburgh Napier University can equip both Undergraduate and Post Graduate students for success in an increasingly competitive job market.
International