At Distance Learning College (DLC), we are proud to offer a wide range of courses which are eligible for funding through the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services (ELCAS) scheme. We have helped many people with military backgrounds to achieve the qualifications required to progress in their careers, and we can do the same for you.
Our accredited training courses are available at a variety of levels, across subject areas including Accountancy, Management, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Human Resources, so you can find a course that’s just right for your career aspirations.
We believe we offer the best training available for your ELCAS credits, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out our case studies below, to see what some of our past students have to say.
Pete Sisson’s role in the Armed Forces had been within the Royal Logistics Corp, so when he considered his options after the Forces it was only natural that he decided to stay within the Supply Chain industry. However, Pete quickly found that there was a big difference between military training and the civilian sector, and he realised that he would need to know more about how logistics organisations work in order to be taken seriously in any civilian logistics organisation.
To help him overcome these obstacles, Pete decided to take a level 5 course accredited by the Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM). The IoSCM level 5 course was available via distance learning, which fitted in well alongside Pete’s ongoing military commitments. Completing the course helped Pete to confirm exactly what he wanted to do when he left the military, and gave him an insight into what to expect in the civilian sector. The level of support provided by DLC really helped to ensure Pete’s success with his studies.
“DLC, especially Jacky, guided me through what was available, ensuring that the transition was as smooth as possible… It was the best decision I could have made to enrol and complete the IoSCM Level 5 course.
DLC is a genuine, worthwhile college, willing to go the extra mile to help their students. With their support, I managed to pass the IoSCM level 5 in a relatively short time. The completion of this course, using one of my Enhanced Learning Credits, certainly helped my CV when applying for a civilian job. I would certainly recommend DLC to any potential students looking to gain a creditable qualification within the Supply Chain sector.”
After joining the Royal Navy at just 16, Martin Thirkell spent the next 26 years serving on a wide range of operations across the world, on ships ranging from destroyers and frigates to a hospital ship and the UK’s largest aircraft carrier. To prepare for leaving the Royal Navy, Martin undertook a range of training, as he explained:
“During my time in the Service I completed three NVQs, for which I used a combination of Standard Learning Credits (SLC) and Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC). The first one I completed was OCR Level 4 in Administration, then OCR Level 3 in Distribution and Warehouse Operations and finally, just prior to leaving the service, I did the CMI Level 7 Diploma in Management. When the time came to leave the Service, it just felt right for me. I wanted a new challenge.
The resettlement process – that of leaving the service – is a daunting experience. I had known nothing else since leaving school. All three of the qualifications I undertook whilst in the service have put me in good stead for my current role. My feelings on learning whilst in the service is that there are numerous avenues that can be taken for self-improvement which is, in my opinion, pivotal for preparing for life in civvy street. My biggest regret is that I didn’t use the full resources of the education departments within the Armed Forces prior to submitting my notice.”
Scott Hill spent 25 years with the Royal Navy, before transitioning to civilian life. Speaking about his experiences, he told us:
“The thought of transitioning into civilian life was hard enough, let alone understanding what I would need to gain employment. Like so many of our Armed Forces, I had a huge amount of experience, knowledge and lots of ‘transferrable skills’, but no accredited qualifications to back up my CV.
I found an ELCAS-approved provider called Distance Learning College and Training (DLC). They are the largest provider in the UK of distance learning Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport, Purchasing and Procurement, Import and Export, Manufacturing and Management courses.
I applied to ELCAS for funding and (not very) patiently waited for the Claim Authorisation Note to arrive in the post; it duly arrived approximately 2 weeks after I applied. As soon as I had it in my hand, I enrolled on the IoSCM Level 5 Supply Chain Management course through DLC and made a start on the Mandatory Unit: Business. It’s surprising how much a service person actually understands about this subject – it’s just different terminology!
When I looked at the criteria for each of the units I was studying, I knew that I had the experience in these areas; I just needed to prove it. I obtained all my performance appraisals (RORRS) and lucky for me, I kept lots of documents that I had created during my career, and all the certificates of the courses completed. The IoSCM qualification allowed me to use all of this as evidence to demonstrate my understanding of the Learning Outcomes and I quickly gained the Diploma.”
Find out more
As our case studies show, there are lots of great reasons to invest your ELCAS credits with DLC. However, we know that taking those first steps can be daunting, and we are here to help you along every step of the way.
To help you get started, we’ve put together helpful guides to how ELCAS funding works and how to apply for an ELCAS course. Once you feel ready to learn more, please give us a call on freephone 0808 2504 150, and one of our friendly Course Advisors will be happy to guide you through the next steps of the process.