The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) is encouraging ex-military personnel to transfer the electrical skills and qualifications gained in service to a rewarding career in their civilian life.
Military training and qualifications had not always been fully recognised outside the armed forces, with many candidates having to undertake additional civilian vocational qualifications once they have made the transition from military life. However, in 2020 it was announced by the ECS that electrical military qualifications for the Corps of Royal Engineers would form a route to an Installation Electrician occupation and ECS Registered Electrician status.
The Ministry of Defence had previously established the Ofqual approved Defence Awarding Organisation (DAO) to award vocational qualifications to armed forces personnel, helping individuals to gain this valuable recognition, and as such the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) were able to work with the Joint Industry Board (JIB) to gain 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 ECS.
The Army is involved in a range of major building projects and the quality of training provided by the RSME to the Royal Engineers at Chatham in Kent is extremely high. Following the announcement last year on electrical routes, the JIB has now announced that Electrical and Mechanical Draughtspersons can have their qualifications recognised through ECS as a CAD Engineer. This is one of the recognised Site Support Occupations for both: