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So much more than a weekend hobby
So much more than a weekend hobby
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RAF Reserve Gary Forder is living his childhood dream of serving in the Armed Forces, and enjoying all the benefits and opportunities offered by Reservist life …

‘Without CNet I would not be in the role I’m in today’
‘Without CNet I would not be in the role I’m in today’
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… so says Peter Granger, who in this feature discusses his CNet resettlement training and how it helped to shape his career upon leaving the Armed Forces …

Study for an MBA
Study for an MBA
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Do you mean business? If your CV includes an MBA, it’s likely to focus employers’ attention. It’s a highly respected qualification, sought after in a wide range of career sectors, and the routes to achieving it are eminently flexible. So what are you waiting for?

ELC 101: getting started
ELC 101: getting started
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There are several stages to the ELC process. Full details are set out in Joint Service Publication 822 (JSP 822).

How teamwork really did make the dream work
How teamwork really did make the dream work
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This is the inspirational story of how Richard Harvey, with the support of ELCAS and Study Active, achieved his dream of qualifying as a personal trainer and opening his very own gym, The Hurt Locker Bridport …

The Resettlement Grant
The Resettlement Grant
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Many of you will be leaving the Armed Forces with a Resettlement Grant. The amounts paid have recently been updated for 2021 …

Selected support organisations
Selected support organisations
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​Just a few of the many organisations that exist to offer advice, information and support to Service leavers …

Open up your options with an Access to HE Diploma
Open up your options with an Access to HE Diploma
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If your future plans call for a higher-level qualification, or you want to try something new and change direction when you make the transition from Service life, the Access to HE Diploma could be just what you need …

Distance learning in close-up
Distance learning in close-up
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Whether or not your study or training plans are still being hampered by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, distance learning offers the perfect opportunity to focus on picking up new skills and qualifications – wherever in the world you are and without distractions …

Time to step up to higher ed?
Time to step up to higher ed?
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Higher education at a college or university is about more than just degree courses – it offers a range of options, many of which have a more vocational slant. So, if you’re ready to step up to the next level, HE could be the option for you …

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’ …

Already left?
Already left?
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How to claim your ELC if you are no longer serving …

Make your claim with care
Make your claim with care
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Don’t let queries or rejection slow down your claim – get it right first time!

Streamline your application with our list of dos and don’ts
Streamline your application with our list of dos and don’ts
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Useful pointers to help you get your claim right-first-time …

Help yourself – and benefit your Service too
Help yourself – and benefit your Service too
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If you use your ELC wisely while still in uniform it will also be of benefit to your Service …

Spending options
Spending options
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Once your ELC claim has been approved, you’ll find plenty of study and training course choices open to you …

Transferable skills – your vocational vaccine
Transferable skills – your vocational vaccine
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As you prepare for employment, shining a light on the many transferable skills – ‘soft’ as well as technical – you can demonstrate thanks to your military career will help you in your quest to secure work, says Claire Withey, an associate solicitor in the military claims team at specialist law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp …

Life-changing injuries don’t have to mean giving up on the activities you love
Life-changing injuries don’t have to mean giving up on the activities you love
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Some Service men and women suffer life-changing injuries while serving in the Armed Forces. With so much change to come to terms with in every aspect of daily and family life, it isn’t surprising that many disabled veterans believe that they will never be able to participate in their favourite activities again. The impact that belief has on individuals who may have otherwise lived and breathed sport and fitness throughout their military careers cannot be underestimated.

Building a career beneath the waves
Building a career beneath the waves
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Austin Phillips and Richard Purdy – engineers from SMD, independent designer and manufacturer of work class and specialist subsea ROVs – tell us about the paths that led them to a career in subsea engineering …

How you can claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
How you can claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme
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The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every aspect of life. In April 2020, Veterans UK announced that the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), designed to compensate Armed Forces Personnel injured during service, had been shut down as a result of COVID-19. Fortunately, the closure was only temporary and the scheme has since reopened, and although they may experience a backlog in the short term, it is positive news that a scheme that helps so many is once again operational.

Training Courses See all

Inspired2learn | Coaching & Mentoring
Are you ready to manage, lead, coach or mentor others in a new job role in ‘civvy street’?
International, Nationwide, South West
Train4All Construction Academy | Building - Bricklaying
Train4All Construction Academy was opened in 2008 to provide training for those working in or looking to enter into a career within the Construction Industry, with Mechanical Engineering and Welding coming on board with the Southwest WeldingAcademy in 2021.
South West
O’Halloran & O’Brien | Building - Carpentry
O’Halloran & O’Brien Ltd has established itself as a leading groundwork and civil engineering contractor in the South East of England, with offices in Kent and Surrey. With professional staff and highly qualified labour, we are able to work closely with our clients to provide competitive solutions to complex developments; providing engineering solutions and groundworks services.
South East
Cycle Systems Academy | Cycle Maintenance and Repair
Cycle Systems Academy are award-winning cycle mechanic training providers. For those wishing to enter the trade and hobbyists alike.
South West
Woodward SHE Ltd | Construction
Woodward SHE is a family led SME based in Cumbria. We are a GOLD rated NEBOSH Learning Partner with an ELC average evaluation score of 96% (ELC provider number 4435).
North West, Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber

Latest Jobs See all

McNally Recruitment | Computing & IT
We are working exclusively with our client to source a permanent C++ Developer, remote-based working. Post pandemic you may be required to attend a monthly meeting in the UK.
C++ Developer
McNally Recruitment | Computing & IT
IT Service Desk Team Leader, Based from the Glasgow Office with an opportunity to work remote. Trips to other offices may be required.
IT Service Desk Team Leader
Accio Consult & Construct | Building TradesConstruction
The position is that of Operations Manager dealing with all planning and delivery aspects across our business. The duties below indicate the functions that are carried out.
Accio Consult & Constuct – Operations Manager
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
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​

University See all

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
University of Worcester | Coaching & Mentoring
The University of Worcester has a proven record of excellence in the field of sport and exercise science, with plenty to offer anyone who has an enthusiasm for sport, exercise and health.
West Midlands
York St John University | Education
Are you ready to embrace new opportunities? To meet our world's challenges and make a real impact on the extraordinary times we live in? Then get ready to immerse yourself in a different type of place.
Yorkshire and Humber
Wiltshire College & University Centre | Health & Safety
Wiltshire College and University Centre has a long association with the military and is a proud supporter of the Armed Forces Covenant.
South West
Royal Agricultural University | Agriculture & Farming
The Universty is a publicly funded Higher Education University with degree awarding status providing a wide range of courses at all levels Certificate, diploma, Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate both taught, MSc and MBA and Research PhD in a large number of specialist options
South West