Combat to Commercial


Our “Combat to Commercial” programmes have been specifically designed to support military personnel who have left or who are planning to leave the Forces and step into a commercial setting. The “Combat to Commercial” programmes lead to an internationally recognised qualification and are available at Level 7 and Level 3.

Available Programmes:



*Both programmes are approved for use with ELCAS credits. 

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Level 3: Introduction to Commercial Skills

Is this course for me?


This programme is designed for individuals who have recently left or who are intending to transition from the military into a business or commercial environment.

The course is designed to give learners solid commercial foundations and is for those individuals who are seeking to operate in a commercial environment whether that is as an employee, business owner or entering into a commercial partnership.

Programme Overview


The training leads to a Level 3 qualification in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship accredited through the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). The delivery team includes individuals who have successfully made the transition from the military to a commercial environment. Throughout the training you will have access to a world leading business simulation tool which will allow you to develop your commercial skills and practice your business decisions in a safe environment.  

The programme modules include:

  • Understanding and talking the language of business
  • Assessing the viability of a business idea
  • Management and reporting on budgets
  • Developing & presenting for business
  • Marketing and promoting a business
  • Identification of transferable skills and how to promote self to a prospective employer / client

The route to qualification is through the preparation and presentation of a business case and “Dragon’s Den” style presentation and Q&A event

What will I get out of the training?


  • A solid understanding of how to operate in a commercial environment
  • Confidence to talk the ‘language of business’
  • Business planning skills
  • Knowledge and awareness of how to develop and present a business idea or plan
  • The opportunity to practice the learning in a safe environment through access to an on-line business simulation
  • Peer support and networking opportunities
  • An internationally recognised business qualification

 ELC Approved Provider ID: 3404

This programme is approved for use with ELCAS credits.

Level 7: Directors Development and Commercial Acumen

Is this course for me?


The course has been designed for senior military personnel who have recently left or are looking to transition from the Armed Forces into a commercial role, Directorship, or Non-executive Director position.

The programme modules are delivered by highly experienced facilitators who bring a wealth of strategic business experience to the learning environment.

Throughout the programme you will have access to a world leading business simulation used by blue chip companies and leading business schools. This allows our learners to apply their learning and business decision making in a safe, real time business environment.

Programme Overview


The training leads to a dual award Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership & Entrepreneurial Practice accredited through the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Course Modules Include:

  • Finance for non-Finance Directors
  • Marketing for non-marketing Directors
  • Leading for Strategic Change
  • Growing Innovation and Agility
  • Strategic Operations, Risk & Governance
  • Navigating Boardroom Politics
  • Mock Boardroom Session

What will I get out of the programme:

  • An in-depth view of the role, responsibilities, and legal duties of a director
  • A sound understanding of financial terms and concepts
  • Understanding of the approaches and processes that develop robust strategic plans
  • Comprehensive exploration of the role of marketing in delivering commercial outcomes
  • Insight into how to leverage innovation for commercial / organisational success
  • Understanding of the role of leadership in driving organisational culture & change
  • How to navigate the Boardroom
  • Peer learning and networking
  • The ability to practice learning in a safe environment through access to a world leading business simulation
  • Internationally recognised qualifications at Level 7 (post-graduate equivalent)

 ELC Approved Provider ID: 3404

These programmes are approved for use with ELCAS credits.

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