Claiming ELC after leaving the Military
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Claiming ELC after leaving the Military

The ELC claims process for those who are no longer in the Armed Forces


After completing years of service with the Armed Forces, ex-service personnel can make an ELC claim for up to ten years from the last day of service. 
Claiming ELC after leaving the Armed ForcesEx-service personnel who have registered on the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme whilst serving may claim up to £1,000 per financial year towards training course fees, if four years’ of service have been completed by the individual. If eight or more years’ of service have been completed by the individual they can claim £2,000. A total of three claims can be made, including those of which that have already been claimed whilst serving.

Making a claim…

To make an ELC claim, go to the ELCAS website and download the claims form and fully complete it except for Parts 4 and 5 as these will be completed by staff in the single services.

After you have completed the form you will need to send to the relevant address with the following supporting material:


Where to send your claims if you are no longer serving…

ELC funding can be used towards a locksmith training course
If your claim is eligible it will then be sent on to ELCAS, who will check whether you are registered for the ELC scheme and are eligible to receive funding. Once this has been processed ELCAS will then send your Claims Authorisation Note (CAN) to your single – service education/learning staff, with an evaluation form. They will then forward the CAN to your home address; this process takes around two weeks.  
All applications must be submitted to SDEs/SRRs for approval at least 25 clear working days prior to the course commencing. Approved applications will then be submitted by SDEs/SSRs to ELCAS.

Claimants must then present the CAN to their chosen training provider before the course commences. The CAN allows the training provider to invoice Defence Business Services for the appropriate funding amount (£1,000 or £2,000 – dependant on your eligibility).  
When you have completed your course you must also complete the evaluation form and return it to ELCAS. Please note if you do not do this it may jeopardise the next claim you make. 
For full details of how to claim go to the ELCAS website

Read more about ELC funding and claiming to take a locksmith training course on the Keytek™ Locksmith Training Academy website
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