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Increase your options with an Access to HE Diploma
Increase 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’s time has come!
Distance learning’s time has come!
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If you’re among the thousands of people whose movements have been restricted 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 constraints could offer the perfect opportunity to focus on picking up new skills and qualifications – without distractions.

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.

Enterprise Learning: gateway to opportunity
Enterprise Learning: gateway to opportunity
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In the second part of our new series on Enterprise Learning, Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE, CEO and Founder of X-Forces Enterprise and Chair of the Soldiering on Awards, tells us why enterprise skills are at the centre of everything she does. And, despite the current uncertainty we are experiencing, she tells us why Enterprise Learning should by no means be considered a luxury …

What is Enterprise Learning?
What is Enterprise Learning?
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Lt Colonel Ren Kapur MBE (pictured) is CEO and founder of X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) and Chair of the Soldiering On Awards. In this first part of our new series, she explains why enterprise skills are at the centre of everything she does – and, while we are experiencing the fallout from COVID-19, what exactly Enterprise Learning is and why it remains as important as ever …

A day in the life … Abi Thompson, project manager at SMD
A day in the life … Abi Thompson, project manager at SMD
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This new series takes a look at what it’s really like to work in some popular fields …

Resettlement is close to our heart …
Resettlement is close to our heart …
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So says Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the Forces Pension Society, who offers some personal reflections on his own journey through the resettlement financial planning process

SSAFA to support UK military community abroad post-Brexit
SSAFA to support UK military community abroad post-Brexit
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SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has been awarded a grant of £295,000 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to assist British nationals in countries across Europe after Brexit …

The Resettlement Grant
The Resettlement Grant
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Many of you will be leaving the Armed Forces with a Resettlement Grant (RG). The RG is a tax-free lump sum intended to help Regular Service personnel settle into civilian life. There is no stipulation as how you use it – you can spend it on beer if you like, but you need to remember that, if you take up another military post too quickly, you might have to repay some or all of it. In this short article Mary Petley of the Forces Pension Society explores the rules relating to RGs …

Study for an MBA
Study for an MBA
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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?

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.

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

Higher education: time to step up?
Higher education: 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, 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.

Useful contacts
Useful contacts
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Need to know more? Here’s who can help …

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

ELC: the basics
ELC: the basics
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All you need to know before you get started …

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

Training Courses See all

Woodward SHE Ltd | Construction
Woodward SHE Ltd has been awarded NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner status. This is the highest possible status available in the NEBOSH Learning Partner Programme, which was launched at the start of September. We are the only NEBOSH course provider in Cumbria to achieve Gold within the Programme.
North West, Scotland, Yorkshire and Humber
CNet Training Ltd | Telecommunications
CNet Training has been designing and delivering network cabling Resettlement Programs since 1996.
International, Nationwide
ITonlinelearning | Computing & IT
If you are a member of the Armed Forces, or have recently left, we are ready to help you with your new career. Our Advisors can walk you through the process and tailor a study package to suit your skills and to assist you in finding the perfect career.
International, Nationwide, South East
OriGym Centre of Excellence | Distance Learning
OriGym provides Personal Trainer & Fitness Specialist courses, and is accredited via REPs, CIMSPA and STA. OriGym is an approved ELCAS provider, and specialise in service leavers wanting to enter the fitness industry.
North West
XS Training Ltd | Building - Electrical
XS Training Ltd provides Electrical Training Courses such as City & Guilds NVQ 2357 Level 3 in Electrical Installation and/or Electrical Maintenance which will enable you to apply for your contractors’ JIB grading (Gold Card).
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
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
PART TIME ENGINEERING OFFICE COORDINATOR (25H/W) | Engineering - MechanicalHospitality
This luxury hotel, situated on a super prime location in the heart of Mayfair on Grosvenor Square, will offer 257 luxuriously appointed guest rooms as well as 51 highly-curated and beautifully designed suites, which will reflect the property's origin as a sophisticated and elegant London private residence. The Biltmore, Mayfair will boast new culinary concepts headed by internationally-renowned chefs, an all-year round alfresco terrace, an exclusive cocktail bar and a large gymtech fitness suite. In addition, the hotel will showcase an impressive 500 sqm ballroom and various smaller function suites up to 100 guests.
Hilton
Apprentice Bus Driver | Driving & Transport ManagementTransport & Logistics
Operating over 750 buses and employing 2,500 staff across 6 depots in Central, South and West London, Abellio London Bus is at the heart of providing transport on the roads around London.
Abellio London Limited

University See all

ITonlinelearning | Computing & IT
If you are a member of the Armed Forces, or have recently left, we are ready to help you with your new career. Our Advisors can walk you through the process and tailor a study package to suit your skills and to assist you in finding the perfect career.
International, Nationwide, South East
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 College of Estate Management | Construction
UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment, with over 95 years’ experience of providing the highest quality learning opportunities. At any one time, we have more than 3,500 students from more than 100 countries benefiting from our qualifications taught by tutors with extensive industry experience.
International