25 July 2012 - We have just been made aware of a new website www.elcasproviders.com that is actively promoting an ELCAS directory.
Please note that this site has NOT been endorsed by the Ministry of Defence.
If you choose to use the services of this website please note that the Ministry of Defence do not take responsibility for the accuracy of the information.
Information for Learning Providers
A significant review of non publicly funded providers has been undertaken in respect of ELC only provision. The MOD considers that there is adequate provision across a broad spectrum of academic and vocational subjects. In order to keep the ELC provider list within a manageable ceiling expressions of interest from ELC provider organisations are only being considered if the provider can prove current student demand from ELC funded students.
If you are a publicly funded provider and provide FE/HE qualifications and you would like to apply to participate in the ELC and PF FE/HE joint funding initiative please visit the provider registration section.
When deciding whether to apply for approved status please consider the scheme rules carefully and in particular the specific ELC scheme payment criteria which all providers are required to adhere to. We would suggest that you study the example invoices which are available for download and note the following points:-
- ELC Approved Provider status is not transferable. Any change to a currently Approved Provider resulting in a change in legal entity must be reported to ELCAS immediately. The new legal entity will be required to apply for Approved Status in their own right against the current application criteria.
- ELC only providers - invoices for ELC only claims must be received by ELCAS on or after the course start date and within nine months of the course start date.
- Publicly funded providers - invoices which contain an element of PF FE/HE funding must be dated and received by ELCAS no earlier than six weeks after the course start date, confirm that the learner is participating and undertaking the learning effectively at the point of invoice and confirm that the learner is undertaking at least the equivalent of 50% of a full time course.
- Learning Providers should not request full payment up front from the claimant directly as retrospective claims are not permitted. The Learning Provider should invoice the MOD payment department, DGFM directly for the ELC portion in line with the scheme rules.
- Please note that ELCs may only be claimed for learning which results in a nationally recognised qualification at Level three or above on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (England and Wales), a Level six or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) or, if pursued overseas, an approved international equivalent qualification. Please see PF FEHE page for rules regarding eligible learning in respect of this funding element. Packaged courses will be considered by MOD however at least 75% of all course study within a package must be at least National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 3 (or recognised national equivalent).