Serving military crew and leavers can save up to £2,000 on pilot training with Skyborne

Serving military crew and leavers can save up to £2000 on pilot training with Skyborne

Skyborne Airline Academy has earned a new role as Approved Learning Provider for serving military crew and leavers. This means that students on their courses can use Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) to help pay for the cost of their training.

The ELC scheme aims to encourage lifelong learning in the armed forces community, providing financial aid up to a limit of three years to gain a qualification that is recognised nationally at Level Three or above.

Under the ELC scheme, students can utilise up to £2,000 of funding to help pay for any one of 15 courses provided by Skyborne. Options include rotary, multi-engine and fast jet conversion courses, as well as the Gloucestershire Airport-based trainer’s EASA/UK CAA modular ATPL programme.

Speaking about the scheme, Skyborne’s Chief Operating Officer Ian Cooper said that the training academy was passionate about making it easier for students to access pilot training, adding that he was delighted that serving and former military personnel could take advantage of the funding to enrol on its courses.

He cited the types of courses the academy runs, which include the Skyborne Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and bespoke military conversion course. Mr. Cooper added that Skyborne Airline Academy looked forward to helping students prepare for the next chapter in their careers.

James Lawrence, who is currently a student at the academy after spending 16 years in the military, said that he had used the Enhanced Learning Credits to help fund his PPL course.

He added that he would use the rest of his credits towards the Skyborne Combined Modular ATPL programme.

Anyone who is currently serving as military personnel or has left the service can find out more about how the scheme works on the ELCAS website.

2 thoughts on “Serving military crew and leavers can save up to £2,000 on pilot training with Skyborne

  • Good day.

    I trust all is well.

    I reside in South Africa and served in the South African National Defence Force.
    Would I be able to make use of this programme as I’d love to become a pilot.

    Kind Regards

    • Hi Jason, Thank you for your comment. We are not 100% sure, but it’s very likely that only crew from the UK military service is eligible. Try to rise your question directly to Skyborne, you can contact them here. Best wishes, Jacob

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