Hi Everyone, I would just like to give a bit of feedback to any service leavers or anyone thinking about leaving and how I used my entitlements to fund the course that I am currently attending. To start with I found a course that suited me i.e a 5 week multi trade success in self employment course, I could mix and match this course with various trades to make the 5 weeks, so I chose 2 weeks tiling 2 weeks plastering and 1 week plumbing (bathroom fitting) with UK Trades Training. As soon as you walk in the premises you are greeted with a smiley face and a big hello, all the staff are very friendly and it is not long before you have a brew in your hand and you are receiving the safety brief by Darren followed by the business brief followed on by your course brief. You then go on to meet your instructor, the instructor is straight into the practical lesson, you will work so far then you will go into a classroom and be briefed on the technical side followed on by the practical again. The one thing that strikes me and the rest of the students is the amount of information that is given to me/us and it is soon apparent that it is not as simple as putting a tile on the wall, picking any old adhesive or just attaching one pipe to another, like I said the instructors go into depth and I am firing questions at the instructors all the time. The instructors also say that they are on had if I have any Q's once I leave the course and this is quite evident with past students popping in for a chat or ask Q's and get the answer, I still have 2 weeks left and I am very much looking forward to the rest of the course, so I will update in about 2 weeks. I will just chat about how I funded the course, as mentioned before I found the course that I wanted in plenty of time, I then applied to the resettlement staff for the ELC funding , you may not be aware that the ELC covers 80% of the course fee (depending on cost) leaving me £460 to fund myself, I then chose to use my IRTC grant, once again through my educational/resettlement staff, you will be given an advance of 80% which goes in with your monthly pay so if you miss the pay run it will go in the following month, once you have completed the course you can then claim the additional 20% of the IRTC. Through my coy clerk I booked the accommodation 30 days in advance (night subsistence), once I was given the bookings I then put in an advance on JPA and as soon as the advance came through I cleared the bill then submitted the claim on JPA to clear the advance. I again submitted an advance on JPA for day subsistence and I will clear that at the end of the course, I would strongly advise anyone in their resettlement period to read JSP 534 as when I went to the resettlement/education staff they told me that I was not entitled to a hotel, once I pointed out that I had read the JSP and met all the criteria they backed down, my main point here is how many personnel have they said that to and got away with it? The point of this thread is to give guidance to service leavers and to let them know what I have done, if you have something positive to leave then please do, if not then do not say anything as you will just spoil the feedback/learning curve.