In this article, we wanted to look at the ways ex-service personnel can use their ELCAS funding for ILM qualifications. If you are still serving, we have an upcoming article about how ILM can benefit you and your career.
As ex-military personnel, it can be difficult to know your next career steps. One option is to use your ELCAS funding to gain an ILM qualification in coaching and mentoring.
Men and women returning to civilian life after military service face various challenges. In fact, research published by Military Afterlives determines that ‘transitioning from the military to civilian life can take a lifetime’.
One of the trickier areas of transition to navigate is the job market. Working life on ‘civvy-street’ can seem vastly different to the military day-to-day. Whilst some service people emerge knowing exactly what they want to do for work, many aren’t so sure.
Changing careers under any circumstance can be an exciting but daunting experience. I’ve been there myself. In fact, so have several members of the team at Pro-Noctis, including our Founder and Managing Director, Phil. We have armed-forces backgrounds and we know, first-hand, the challenges that can come when adjusting to post-military, especially when it comes to your work, career, and development.
We have armed-forces backgrounds. We know the challenges that can come when adjusting to post-military, especially when it comes to your work, career, and development.
As ex-military personnel, you will have lots of options available to you even if you aren’t certain about your next career-steps. One of these options is to consider adding valuable qualifications to your CV with funding support from the MoD’s ELCAS scheme. Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCAS) are available to current serving and ex-military personnel, including those in their resettlement period, and cover a significant portion of a course’s tuition fees.
As an accredited ELCAS provider, Pro-Noctis offers funded places on our ILM 5 and ILM7 courses for servicemen and women. ILM is an internationally recognised qualification in coaching and mentoring and is highly valued and recognised amongst employers. It’s a great way for you to gain experience, skills and knowledge that can be transferred through to lots of different industries and organisations.
As an accredited ELCAS provider, Pro-Noctis offers funded places on our ILM 5 and ILM7 courses for servicemen and women.
Because of its broad appeal and recognition, an ILM course delivers excellent prospects for new careers. As a qualified coach and mentor there are many ways you might deploy these new skills. When coupled with your military experience, you widen your career prospects.
We are seeing coaching and mentoring activity in many guises:
Within Individual Business: Many individuals undertake a coaching and mentoring course to support the set up of their own business. You can use the skills acquired on the courses everyday. Not only will they improve your own performance, It will also help you to improve the performance of those around you.
Within Business: Lots of organisations are developing in-house coaching capabilities. They recognise the value of internal coaches to support their people and management. As a qualified coach and mentor, your employability will undoubtedly be enhanced.
As a Leader: We often talk about and see organisations likening their leaders to coaches. It’s a tangible way to recognise the skills needed for effective, impactful leadership. Again, being a qualified coach and mentor is an opportunity to increase your employability. It opens up more senior positions to you and is a chance to showcase your leadership capability.
The experience you have gained during your time in the Armed Forces can give you a distinct advantage in the job market. By adding professional coaching and mentoring qualifications to your resume, you will create even more opportunities for yourself.
If you would like to find out more about ELCAS Funding, our ILM courses and how Pro-Noctis can support you, just get in touch.