Speak to your Education Officer first. Mine was so helpful and she got me into courses that could be mostly funded through ELCAS. But definitely do it. I’ve got so much out of it and the future is so much brighter for my little girl

Leading Writer Keiron Molyneux

Another member of the UKNSF team taking full advantage of ‘earning whilst you are learning’ is Leading Writer (LWtr) Keiron Molyneux (30). Keiron joined the Navy at the age of 21 with only a GCSE in Art, but the birth of his daughter Lucy five years ago motivated him to develop himself in order to better provide for her future.

He said: “Sailors often think they’ll get work because of their experience, but they need to have education to back it up. Graduates often think they’ll get work because of their degree, but they have little work experience.

"Doing it my way, funded partially by the Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme, I’ll be graduating with 10 years of relevant work experience and a degree that’s only cost me £500 per year, so I have no debt either.”

Keiron started off by completing a City and Guilds license in Leadership and Management, a Level 4 award that allowed him to start a foundation degree in Logistics Management.

This led onto him studying a BA (Hons) in Business and Administration Management with the University of Lincoln, which he intends to complete shortly and graduate in November 2018.

Reflecting further, Keiron said: “It’s not been easy, distance learning. The internet connection before we moved into the new accommodation at the UKNSF wasn’t always reliable.

"The questions in the syllabus were open to interpretation and the lack of communication with the lecturers meant that you lacked guidance before submitting work that turned out to be wrong. I’ve made good progress though, despite this.”

Regarding advice for other students in the military, he said: “Speak to your Education Officer first. Mine was so helpful and she got me into courses that could be mostly funded through ELCAS. But definitely do it. I’ve got so much out of it and the future is so much brighter for my little girl.”

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