Below are some hints and tips when applying for ELCAS funded training

Hints & Tips:

  • Make sure you understand the regulations – see Joint Service Publication JSP898 – Defence Direction and Guidance on Training,Education and Skills, which can be downloaded from the ELCAS website at www.enhancedlearningcredits.com
  • Consult your education/learning staff and line managers to discuss your personal development plan, do you have a new career that you want to develop
  • Plan ahead, leaving at least 25 days between submitting a claim and needing to book a course.  Places on our  5 week course are sometimes booked  months in advance so try not to leave it to the last minute, we do operate a waiting list for this course.
  • Be prepared to provide evidence that the course you would like to do is at least level 3 (or equivalent) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) or Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF),* and that it directly benefits the Service (unless your claim is resettlement-related during your last two years of serving)
  • Ensure that the training is delivered by an approved ELC provider if using your Individual Resettlement Training Cost (IRTC) grant along with ELC to fund a nationally recognised qualification at level 3 or above, you can check them out on the ELCAS website at www.enhancedlearningcredits.com
  • Consult your education, learning, training and/or resettlement adviser if you aren’t sure of the best way to use funding for your resettlement training
  • Inform ELCAS if your last day in Service alters from that originally stated complete and return the evaluation questionnaire when you’ve finished your studies; if you don’t, and can’t provide evidence that you completed the course, your future claims will be denied.

Don’t

  • Commit any payment contributions to course providers until you have received a claim authorisation note (CAN) and have obtained approval from your own Service
  • Automatically assume that approved provider status means that the entire portfolio of a provider’s courses meets the level 3 requirement eligble for ELCAS funding, all courses provided must be approved by ELCAS
  • Enrol on a course with a new provider who is awaiting ‘approved’ status; wait until this has definitely been achieved – if this takes too long, look on the ELCAS website for an alternative provider