Progressing through the ranks or leaving the Armed Forces can be a daunting experience for even the most prepared of service people. With around 20,000 individuals leaving every year, it is extremely important that every single person serving in the forces is as prepared as they possibly can be if a successful transition is to be achieved. Securing a valuable education gives those progressing in their careers or soon to be ex-service people the highest possible chance of moving into work. In this blog, we look at how undertaking a Certificate of Higher Education contributes to the journey of self-development and brings about countless benefits when the end goal is employment.
What is the certificate of higher education?
The Certificate of Higher Education Skills For The Workplace qualification is combined with the ILM level 4 in Leadership and Management, and is an ideal stepping stone for Armed Forces Personnel who may be looking to move into leadership and management positions within their current role or outside the military environment, but whose current training and expertise are not officially recognised in the outside world. Working to develop their existing skills and abilities, this course introduces individuals to approaches, strategies and skills that are relevant and in some cases new, but are considered essential for employment across the board.
Most people develop transferable skills during their time in service. Leadership, communication and teamwork are just some of the many key skills that are acquired in the Armed Forces, for example. How these skills are applied during an individual’s time in the forces and in subsequent employment on Civvy street can differ significantly, however. Employers who see no further development of these skills prior to transition may find this a cause for concern. Without any additional qualifications some employers may regard military leavers in a similar light to those first starting out on the employment ladder. The Certificate of Higher Education takes skills and training gained within the Armed Forces into account, and helps students to focus on how these can be used effectively in the workplace. Securing it as a recognised qualification also demonstrates to future employers that a candidate is able to successfully apply their skills within a real working environment – and makes them a much more employable prospect for any future role applied for.
In addition to developing skills already acquired, the course also ensures learners pick up new skills that can assist in carrying them forward into employment. One of the key things that must be considered when leaving the Armed Forces is the reality that some serving personnel may be leaving with little or no qualifications that employers in the outside world see as necessary, recognisable, or even desirable. What the Certificate of Higher Education provides is an internationally recognised qualification that enhances skills which, in the majority of cases, are already applicable in the real world. It is this that makes the qualification so valuable – it has reputable academic merit, while everything taught within has a very practical use when it comes to its application in a professional setting.
There are opportunities not only for academic progression when completing the Certificate of Higher Education, but professional and personal developments too. Upon successful completion of this course, opportunities to continue studying for a BA (Hons) degree in Management (Skills For The Workplace) are also provided, furthering existing academic achievements into a university standard qualification. From this, candidates will gain the transferable skills they need to ensure their effectiveness in any business environment. From a professional perspective this bolsters the individual’s CV with relevant skills that employers find even more desirable when they are looking to hire. It also shows that a prospective employee has the desire to increase their employability further and work hard to achieve it. Such developments can also lead to increased morale, heightened confidence in undertaking new responsibilities and improved relationship building skills both ahead of, and during, any prospective employment secured as a result of completing the course.