The aim of the ELC is to promote “lifelong learning” amongst service personnel, providing the opportunity to claim up to 6000 towards retraining, either for a potential role within the armed forces, or for a future career upon leaving the services.
The ELC scheme contributes up to 80% towards courses and funding is only available for training towards higher level learning/nationally recognised qualifications at Level 3 or above.
You can gain all the information you need from your Service Resettlement Advisor (SRA) and the Career Transition Partnership (CTP). In short, however, the Resettlement Package you will receive will depend on how long you have served.
GTEC Training Ltd’s provider reference number with ELC is 5505.
If you have bee nin the armed forces and wish to apply for funding through the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme, then please visit the ELCAS website www.enhancedlearningcredits.com
KEY POINTS For Service Leavers
Remember you must plan ahead – allow sufficient time, at least five weeks, between submitting your claim and starting your course.
Please note the Terms and Conditions that apply to ELCAS:
- Invoices from ELC learning providers may only be presented to ELCAS for payment on or after the course start date.
- Retrospective ELC claims are not permitted. Claim forms must be received by ELCAS at least 15 clear working days prior to the course start date.
- Before making a second or third claim you must complete your claim Evaluation return via this website and supply proof of completion to your Education Staff for all previous learning activities.
- It is important that you do not set up a loan/credit agreement for the full amount under any circumstances.
- You are advised not to pay any money to the Provider or book the course before you receive your Claim Authorisation Note. This also applies to potential new providers awaiting “approved” status to join the ELCAS list. Any money paid to learning providers (eg. a deposit to secure a place) is paid purely at the personal risk of the individual.
- You must make a personal contribution of at least 20% towards the total course cost.
- Just because an organisation is listed as an Approved Provider does not mean that all of their courses are of the required level.
- You are reminded that ELC funding is only available for pursuit of higher level learning i.e. for courses that result in a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales), a Level 6 or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification.
At each stage of the process you must consult both the JSP and your Education Staff to ensure that both you and your chosen learning activity are eligible for ELC support.