Recognition of service qualifications helps ex-military personnel transition smoothly into civilian life | ECS


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The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) encourages former military personnel to transfer electrical skills and qualifications gained in service into a rewarding career in their civilian lives. Military training and qualifications have not always been fully recognized outside of the armed forces, with many candidates having to undergo additional civilian professional qualifications once they transition out of military life. However, in 2020, it was announced by ECS that the Royal Corps of Engineers’ electrical qualifications would form a pathway to a position as an ECS Registered Electrician and Installation Electrician. The Department of Defense has previously set up the Ofqual Accredited Defense Scholarship Organization (DAO) to award professional qualifications to members of the armed forces, and assist individuals in obtaining this valuable recognition, and as such the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) has been able to work with its Joint Industry Board (JIB) To obtain recognition through ECS. This will help ex-military personnel transition into civilian life smoothly using the skills and experience gained during their time in the military within the ECS. The Army is involved in a range of major construction projects, and the quality of training RSME provides to the Royal Engineers at Chatham in Kent is very high. Following last year’s announcement of Electrical Roads, JIB has now announced that MEP users can obtain their qualification recognized through ECS as a CAD Engineer. This is one of the recognized site support occupations for: – DAO Level 3 Diploma for Individual Mechanical and Electrical (Military Engineering) – DAO Level 5 Diploma for Individual Draftsman Mechanical and Electrical (Military Engineering) Applicants for this card will need to hold an ECS Health and Safety Assessment An environmental awareness or exemption is valid. Andy Rex, Head of Growth at ECS, explained, “Industry and employers value the skills, work ethic and organization of those who have been in the military. This is why ECS cards awarded to those who qualify through this pathway will be recognized by HM Force Trained.” on the back of their ECS card to show which standards have been met by the individual. Andy Mitchell, Head of Defense Scholarships at the UK Defense Academy, said: “This is an important development to help ex-soldiers move on with their lives after they leave the service without having to prove themselves again. Within the military, you can gain a variety of life skills in different ways. specialties, and it is good that jobs developed while on duty can easily continue after soldiers leave. We welcome another route for people trained through RSME with Draftspersons recognized mechanical and electrical after working last year to map cross training for electricians.” For more information please visit the ECS website .


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