Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC)
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Enhanced Learning Credit (ELC) Funded Training Courses For members of the British Armed Forces
What is ELCAS Funding?
The ELC scheme is designed for members of the Armed Forces, providing financial support for higher level training courses. NILC Ltd. is an ELCAS Approved Training Provider (ELC 8745) and therefore we are able to support individuals looking to access financial support under the ELC scheme.
Please note that whilst NILC Ltd. is an ELCAS Approved Training Provider, not all of our courses can be supported by the ELC scheme. ELC funding is only available for training courses which result in the award of a nationally-recognised qualification at Level 3 or above on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (England and Wales).
The ELC Process
1) First you must register to become a Scheme Member and accrue a sufficient amount of service before you can submit a claim.
3) Complete and submit an ELC claim, approved by an authorised Education Staff if you are in service or your Single Service Representative if you are out of service. For further details regarding claiming out of service, ex-service personnel should visit the Ex-service Personnel ELCAS page.
4) ELCAS will then check your eligibility for funding and if approved will send you a Claim Authorisation Note (CAN).
5) Contact NILC Ltd. (ELCAS Approved Training Provider) to enrol and to make your personal deposit contribution (20%).
6) Finally, upon completion of the programme, you must complete a Course Evaluation Form via the ELCAS website.
Claiming Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC)
To claim Enhanced Learning Credits funding you are required to complete the required length of eligible service before completing the ELC claim form and prior to commencing the course of study for which ELC support is being claimed.
Before being eligible to make an ELC claim, individual scheme members must have completed not less than four years eligible service to claim at the lower tier of funding (up to £1,000 per claim instalment) and eight years service for the higher tier (up to £2,000 per claim instalment). Only service accumulated since 1 April 2000 may be counted as eligible service for the purposes of the ELC scheme.
You are entitled to make three ELC claims in total, however you can only make one claim per financial year (1 April – 31 March) but can also claim up to ten years after leaving the services.
Claimants are required to pay a minimum of 20% of the course fee for each ELC claim and the MOD will fund the remainder up to the claimants tier limit.
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 / registration date. You must ensure that you have enough time to receive the Claim Authorisation Note (CAN) to present to your chosen ELCAS Approved Training Provider before the course starts.
It is important that you do not set up a loan/credit agreement for the full amount under any circumstances.
Do not pay any money or book the course before you receive your Claim Authorisation Note (CAN).
For more information visit: http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/serving-personnel/claiming-elc-personnel
What courses can I complete with ELCAS Funding?
ABC Scrum Master
Agile Project Management Foundation
Agile Project Management Practitioner
ECDL/ICDL Level 3 Advanced
Managing Successful Programmes Foundation
Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner
PRINCE2 Agile Foundation
PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner
Have a question about our ELCAS funded courses? Speak to one of our advisors today.
How can I attend my courses?
Our priority is to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for all our delegates and to ensure nothing stands in your way of your developing your career. As a result we offer a range of flexible training options, allowing you to pick your preferred learning method.
Our classroom training courses allow you to learn and interact face-to-face with our expert instructors in a comfortable and modern training environment. All of our classroom based courses come with the IT and physical equipment you need and take place at one of our learning venues.
All classroom courses currently have additional safety procedures in place, such as reduced delegate capacity, hand-sanitising stations, staggered start and finish times and one-way systems (where available) to ensure our learning environments remain safe and provide the same high-quality learning experience for you.
Our virtual training courses allow you to access live training from the same expert instructors that deliver our face-to-face courses, without leaving the comfort of your home or office. All virtual-live courses follow the exact same format as our classroom courses and learners will be able to interact in real-time with our trainers and other course delegates.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)
What is ELC Funding?
The MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. 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 three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England, Northern Ireland and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification with an approved learning provider.
How many ELC claims can I make?
You are entitled to make a maximum of three ELC claims in total, but only one ELC claim per financial year. The financial year runs from 1 April – 31 March.
Can I claim for a course which I have already paid for?
No, under the scheme rules retrospective claims are not permitted.
Who signs my ELC claim form when I have left the Services?
As a service leaver part five of your claim form must be completed by the Single Service Representative, you can find their contact details and address on the Service Leaver-Claiming ELC page of the website.
I’ve left the services by when must I submit my final claim?
Your final claim must be submitted before the 10th anniversary of your last day of service if you left before 1st April 2011. If you left between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2016 (both dates inclusive), they will expire on 31st March 2021. If you left as of 1st April 2016 or later, they expire on the 5th anniversary of your last day of service. The course MUST start before this date.
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