Soldiers Snap Up Civilian Certificates

An article from the December 2014 issue of Soldier Magazine:

More than 6,220 personnel, including some 300 Reservists, have signed up to a new scheme to convert their military courses into civilian qualifications for free.

Launched in June, the Army skills offer provides nationally recognised accreditation for military training packages – from GCSE to master’s degree level. Among the certificates on offer are City and Guilds accreditations and leadership, management, instructing and mentoring qualifications, which personnel can start accruing after basic training.

“The take-up is good news,” said Brig Gary Morris, Director of Educational Capability at Army HQ. “This is about engaging troops in their own development throughout their careers. But it is also positive for potential employers, who will see that personnel are being progressed to a certifiable standard.”

The scheme is funded until May 2016 and further information can be found in 2014DIN07-093.

Elsewhere, officer cadets at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst will also see their military training recognised on civvy street. From next month, graduate entrants who successfully complete the commissioning course will receive a postgraduate certificate in conflict and leadership studies from Cranfield University.

Non-graduate direct entry officers will be able to count their commissioning course towards a modular Open University degree in international studies.

Reference

Soldier (2014) Soldiers Snap Up Civvy Certificates. Soldier: The Magazine of the British Army. December 2014, pp.19.

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