Armed Forces: What you need to know about ELCAS
Who are ELCAS?
ELCAS are the Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Services. The scheme is owned by the Ministry of Defence and the purpose of the scheme is to help individuals when they leave the armed forces enter a new career. The scheme helps fund educational courses such as our NEBOSH health and safety courses during service in the military and after, to arm military personnel with the knowledge to get a job in a different industry and to encourage lifelong learning.
What is ELCAS funding and ELC?
The funding provided by ELCAS is in the form of Enhanced Learning Credits. These can be used on a wide variety of courses and are a great opportunity to expand your knowledge in an area of interest, and prepare yourself for an exciting new career after the military.
Who can apply?
If you have served in the armed forces for at least 6 years, you can apply for ELCAS funding.
You can also apply if you are ex-military – see the ex service guidance on the ELCAS website.
How much funding do you get?
There are 2 tiers of funding: the lower tier and higher tier. If you have served between 6-8 years in the military, you will be entitled to the lower tier and you will be provided £1,000 per year for educational courses.
If you have served at least 8 years, you will be entitled to the higher tier which is funding of £2,000. Only service undertaken since the 1st of April 2000 is counted as eligible for the ELC scheme.
Courses require 80% to be paid by the funding and 20% by yourself. So, for example with the NEBOSH General Certificate which we offer, the classroom course cost is £1,440 (which includes vat). Your ELC’s will cover £1,152 of the cost and you pay £288. You can make 3 ELC claims altogether. You can apply for one claim each financial year (1 April- 31 March).
The funding does not cover accommodation, travel costs or food. This will have to be paid for by you.
What courses are eligible?
The ELCAS funding covers courses that are level 3 and over on the National Qualification Framework. They cover a variety of courses from health and safety, social work, construction, business, construction, management, watersports and sport. Make sure you pick an ELCAS approved funder. As an ELCAS Approved Funder, the ELC’s can be used on the following courses of ours including classroom and online:
- NEBOSH National General Certificate Classroom
- NEBOSH National General Certificate Online
- NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management Classroom
- NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management Online
- NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety Classroom
- NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety Online
- NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management Classroom
- NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management classroom
- NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Investigation classroom
We offer course bundles of 1, 2, 3, and 4 for classroom and 1, 2, and 3 for online. Our armed forces page breaks down the costs.
How does ELCAS funding work?
- You must first make sure you are registered for the ELCAS scheme and have worked a sufficient amount of service in the armed forces to claim the funding. Please visit the ELCAS website for further details.
- If you want to study with Southwest Health and Safety, feel free to contact us when you have decided what course(s) you would like to do, or if you want advice choosing a course, or, need further information about course(s).
- A claim then needs to be made for ELC funding via the ELCAS website. The claim form will request you state the learning provider and course title. You will be required to find a learning provider on the ELCAS website to find a course that is included in the scheme.
- The claim will require approval from your authorised representative if you are in service or if you are out of service, your Single Service Representative. They will be required to fill out parts of the claim form. For further details in claiming out of service, ex-service personnel should read the ELCAS Ex-service Personnel page.
- ELCAS will then notify you of whether the claim has been accepted via a claim authorisation note.
- You can then contact your learning provider to begin. If you decide to go with us, please forward the claim authorisation note to us and we can enrol you and you pay the remainder of the 20% cost not covered by ELCAS funding. You will be required to complete our online booking form for the training course you have received ELCAS funding for.
- Once the course is complete, you will be required to complete a Course Evaluation Form via the ELCAS website.
What benefits can ELCAS funding bring me?
- Learn a new skill
- Enter a new exciting career
- Build confidence
- Enhance your CV
- Stand out when applying for a new role
- Education at a discounted price (with you only paying the 20%)
Visit the official ELCAS website.
If you are considering a career in health and safety but don’t know what jobs would be open to you, please see our what jobs can you get with a NEBOSH qualification? blog post.
A career in health and safety is very rewarding and NEBOSH qualifications are very highly regarded in the health and safety industry. According to NEBOSH’s Jobs Barometer research, 90% of safety, health, and environmental jobs desire at least one NEBOSH qualification.
Southwest Health and Safety offer high quality health and safety training, have above national average pass rates on all courses, and are competitively priced. We also offer interest free payment plans.