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Transition to civilian life

11th Infantry Brigade is primarily concerned with supporting Service personnel either residing in or returning to the South East. Our aim is to ensure all personnel are provided with regional information to allow timely, informed decisions. This helps Service families to put down roots, develop personal resilience and prepare a smooth through-career Transition to resettlement.

Transition: Individual Planning and Personal Development (IPPD) is not resettlement.
It is about you planning your personal and professional development throughout your career so that when you enter your resettlement you have exploited all the in-Service opportunities available to you, and as a family, you are in a better position financially, educationally, emotionally and professionally to launch into your resettlement.

You will all one day leave the Services
You cannot be certain when that day will come, however, removing your “Army blinkers” and taking time throughout your career to consider options open to you, exploiting in-Service education, housing and health/welfare provision, will significantly increase resettlement success and decrease the emotional impact that many currently experience when they leave.

Transition is your responsibility
It is best not left until the end. First you need to be clear about your current personal situation and to identify areas of weakness. HARDFACTS is a great tool to help you understand how resilient you and your family are. Where you identify an issue you can be assured that there is an organisation that can help. This site will help you to identify these organisations and find regional information. Early engagement is key.

Transition events
The Brigade runs a number of Transition events, mentoring courses, unit Life Skills briefs and networking activity. SE Transition Fairs are great “one-stop shop” events with all the key agencies under one roof. These events are open to Service Personnel, Service Leavers, Reservists, Spouses and Veterans. Dates of all transition activity are advertised via the CTP events webpage, Transition Newsletters, RCMOs and on this site.

Education

When considering educational needs, most families think of their children's education and school placements, however service personnel and spouses should also consider their own education and whether there is a requirement for up-skilling or re-education.

The Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) is a tri-service organisation funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), to provide information and support to service families and eligible MOD civilians on all aspects of the education of their children in the UK and overseas. This includes supporting parents at meetings with schools, local authorities, and tribunals.

The SE boasts some excellent Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher educational establishments. Further Education (FE) is any education above compulsory secondary education, from basic skills training to higher vocational qualifications such as PGCE, NVQ, City and Guilds, BTEC, HNC, HND or Foundation Degree. Higher Education (HE) is usually provided in distinct institutions such as universities. Many FE and HE establishments support Armed Services resettlement by offering credits in recognition of military training, education and skills. In addition a number of FE Colleges are now offering Adult Education on a part-time or evening class basis and can provide you with a cheaper alternative.

There are 19 Local Education Authorities within the South East operating a policy of schools admissions. For more information about applying for a school place, visit Choosing a School.

In-Service Education

In-Service Education is provided by Army Education Centres (AECs); 11 Brigade is supported by 77 AEC based in Aldershot and 30 AEC based in Chatham. Education and training is central to your ability to move from a military to civilian career.

Whole Life Development seeks to develop your professional skills throughout your career and provide accredited education and training where possible. Education funding is gained via Standard Learning Credits (SLCs) and Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs). Opportunities include Open University (OU) courses, publicly funded Further and Higher Education, short university courses, Army Skills Offer, electronic Learning Centres (eLC) offering functional skills and ECDL courses amongst others and AEC professional / career courses, resettlement support and language training.

Enhanced learning credits. To join the ELC scheme you must complete and submit an application form either in your first twelve months from enlistment or in the window between eight and eight and a half years from enlistment. ELCs are available in two tiers:

You must accumulate four years of eligible service to claim the Lower Tier (80% of the fees, up to a maximum of £1,000 per claim instalment) and eight years eligible service to claim the Higher Tier (80% of the fees, up to a maximum of £2,000 per claim instalment).