Get-Licensed are proud to be associated with the Enhanced Learning Credit initiative which is funding made available by the Ministry of Defence for ex-service personnel looking to re-establish their careers as part of the MOD’s resettlement program.
Up to £2,000 is available a year under this scheme with a 20% contribution from each individual. The funds are only awarded to accredited Level 3 (or above) training programs and the courses must be studied through an ELCAS official training provider and Get-Licensed are fully MOD approved.
To qualify for the ELCAS program ask for details when booking your course. It’s not a complicated process, but to qualify you will need to apply to ELCAS quoting a provider number. You’ll then receive a Claim Authorisation Note or CAN which we will need when you enrol. The Get Licensed Teacher Training Academy is an excellent guidance facility renowned for its influential work in the private training sector, especially in the security industry, as one of the most trusted organisations delivering training for SIA licence.
A PTLLS qualification with Get Licensed is based on 30 classroom and 30 non-classroom learning hours. Our criteria centres around delivering expert tuition so candidates have the confidence to deliver on every required front.
You may have noticed on our main landing page the ELC logo and wondered what it means. ELC stands for Enhanced Learning Credits which is funding made available by the Ministry of Defence for ex-service personnel looking to re-establish their careers as part of the MOD’s resettlement program.
Up to £2,000 is available a year under this scheme with a 20% contribution from each individual. The funds are only awarded to accredited Level 3 (or above) training programs and the courses must be studied through an ELCAS official training provider which, as the logo tells you, Get-Licensed are fully MOD approved.
To qualify for the ELCAS program ask for details when you book your course with us. It’s not a complicated process, but to qualify you will need to apply to ELCAS quoting our provider number which is 3474. You’ll then receive a Claim Authorisation Note or CAN which we will need when you enrol.
To describe just how successful resettlement can be, our PR Manager Paul talked to Mark Keogh the Training Manager at Get-Licensed.
P. So Mark where did your career start off?
M. I joined the RAF in 1988 and used my time there to develop skills that would have been difficult to do accomplish in the private sector. Over a period of twenty two years I clocked up twelve specialist training qualifications such as NVQ Assessor, Defence Tactics Instructor and a Level 3 First Line Management Certificate.
P. Did you achieve any particular awards?
M. Yes, but lots of people do, you don’t do your job in the forces to win awards really, what you do is part of the work. I was awarded a Provost Marshall RAF Commendation for saving lives in a fire in Germany, but don’t forget it was a team effort too.
P. When you ended your time with the RAF was it a difficult transition to civilian life?
M. I’d be misleading you if I said no, when you’ve worked in such a structured environment and you’re no longer with your team you do feel slightly cast adrift. I was lucky enough to carry on working in training and personal development as an Advanced Training Instructor with a Police School. I was Course Administrator responsible for the level 2 and 3 Criminal Investigation program whilst I was still in the Military. Get-Licensed helped me with the transition through their excellent training taught by ex military personnel like myself. Military expertise is very similar to Get-Licensed and security industry values; they saw my potential and offered me a training management position.
P. You’d definitely say then that your past in the RAF helped your career?
M. It’s interesting you ask that question. Like I said earlier, aside from awards or accolades it’s all about operating as a team, if someone throws the ball you’ve got to be relied on to catch it. I come across ex service personnel all the time who forget how important their reliability, humility or motivations were. Putting aside the fact you might have been a member of the armed forces, sit down and list all the positive things the forces taught you, at the top of the list, I’d hope, is bound to be teamwork, you can’t read a book or sit an exam to get those collaborative skills. I’ve got over 22 years of theoretical, operational and managerial experience under my belt, but good co-operation and communication are still high on my list of priorities.
P. I’ve seen your CV and your qualifications are very impressive, but what training did you do to compliment your RAF background and find yourself as a Training Manager?
M. In 2007 I took a BTEC Level 4 Certificate that qualifies me to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector run by Get-Licensed. Obviously the goal in sight was to pass on my past expertise, but without this level of qualification you can’t enter teaching, at least not in my specialist sector which is now the security industry.
P. What’s your role now?
M. I manage a team of 16 trainers responding to the Get-Licensed Directors and ensuring that the courses I’m involved with meet all their requisite compliance levels. I’m actively involved in training CCTV Operators, because of my background in Criminal Investigation, but I also train Door Supervisors, Physical Intervention and First Aid and PTTLS courses which I also asses.
P. Would you say the ELC program benefits ex service personnel?
M. Absolutely yes, but it’s not a hand out you have to be committed. The ELC initiative is an excellent way to put everything you’ve learned during your time in the forces into practice and use all those skills to your advantage.
We could have chatted for hours but Mark’s a busy guy. To sum up, Martina Navratilova, winner of over 18 grand slam tennis titles was once quoted as saying, “Whoever said, ‘participating is more important than winning’, didn’t want to win.” Reading what Mark has to say clearly defines this quote.
The ELC program will open up a lot of opportunities for you to find yourself in a winning career. If you’re an ex service person looking to improve your skills even further, contact our help desk for more information.