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News - Wagtail Offers ELCAS Funded Courses for Ex-forces Personnel

Published: 21.11.2017

North Wales based detection dog company, Wagtail UK Ltd, are delighted to announce they are now an Approved Learning Provider under the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme, helping to promote life-long learning for members of the armed forces.

Wagtail UK are leading international specialists in detection dogs and dog handler training.  From their headquarters in Flintshire, North Wales, Wagtail UK provides detection dogs and related services for government agencies such as UK Border Force, HM Revenue & Customs, Police, Trading Standards and Armed Forces.

The recent accreditation as an Approved Learning Provider under the MOD’s ELC Scheme has been a pivotal moment for Wagtail UK.  The MOD created the ELC to promote learning amongst members of the armed forces. The scheme provides financial support for training courses, which are delivered through approved providers such as Wagtail UK Ltd.  Details of courses can be found on the website here.

Collin Singer, Managing Director at Wagtail UK explained, “65% of Wagtail Operational Dog Handlers are ex Armed Forces.  8 out of 10 Wagtail Management team are ex Armed Forces.  We are inextricably an Armed Forces friendly organisation.” 

“Achieving Approved Learning Provider status with the ELC is something we’re extremely proud of and strengthens our commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community.” 

Wagtail UK will be providing Explosives Detection Dog Handler courses and Dual Purpose Drug Detection Dog Handler courses which will be available through the ELC Scheme.  Courses will be held at Wagtail UK’s Training School in North Wales. 

Collin Singer, Managing Director

It was a combination of compassion and expertise gained during a career spanning almost 25 years in the Royal Air Force as an operational explosive dog handler that led Collin Singer to setting-up Wagtail UK in 2003.  Collin and his team of over 60 employees supply dogs and train dogs and handlers for the detection of explosives, drugs, tobacco, cash, ‘live’ body detection and conservation.

The reputation and success of Wagtail UK led to development the Wagtail International School of Excellence training school in North Wales and a suite of externally accredited detection dog handler training courses. The company have recently renovated self-catering accommodation for students in the form of ‘Wagtail House’ in Prestatyn, North Wales.

“At Wagtail we have high standards and aim to be the best in the industry.  We wanted pass our knowledge and skills on, maintaining these standards across the profession,” explained Collin.

Enhanced Learning Credits are designed to provide service personnel (both serving and former) who have accumulated at least 4 eligible years of service from 1st April 2000, with 80% of approved training costs, for courses leading to a recognised qualification on the National Qualifications Framework at level 3 or above.  More information regarding ELC can be found here: http://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/

For further details on these courses please contact Wagtail UK Ltd on 01745 561166 or email info@wagtailuk.com