Resettlement & Ex-forces

Trusted Resettlement and Ex-forces Education

Since 1996, CNet Training has educated thousands of Service Leavers, providing them with the skills, hands-on experience and sought after qualifications to enter the lucrative network cable and data centre sectors. Today, CNet is the only industry dedicated education provider in the world to provide both internationally recognised qualifications and official certification for its programs.

CNet is proud to be the originator of The Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework which forms the benchmark for industry education across the world. It maps professional education programs to actual career routes and progression throughout the industry allowing learners to enhance their skills, knowledge, industry recognised qualifications and official certifications as they progress. And, of course, many programs are eligible for ELC funding allowing Service Leavers extra help to continue to progress their careers.

Every CNet technical education program has been carefully designed to blend technical knowledge with essential hands-on skills that are needed for the industry. We have an ongoing schedule to regularly review the content of each program to ensure it reflects the very latest changes in technology, in addition to preparing students for possible new and emerging industry trends that are just around the corner. To do this, we regularly work alongside major companies throughout the global industry.

CNet believe that it’s the combination of program design, alongside the quality of expert Instructors, many of whom are ex-Forces themselves, that form the secret of their ongoing success. Read more about the network infrastructure industry by downloading our The Digital Infrastructure Industry and Career Overview.


Selecting where to spend your resettlement grant is a big step. The experienced CNet resettlement team understand this and will help every step of the way as you make this important decision. We always have someone on hand to speak with to help ensure that you make the right decision. When you speak with us there’s no obligation and no pressure selling.

Industry Insight

The Digital Infrastructure Industry is all about data, how we use it, where we store it and how we connect everything together. With demand constantly increasing for more digital communications and broadband (wifi) connectivity, the industry is booming and there are many career opportunities.

ELC Funding

Before being eligible to make an ELC claim, individual scheme members must have completed no less than six years eligible service (lower tier).

The lower tier (six years service or more) of funding is up to £1,000 per claim instalment. The higher tier (eight years service) is up to £2,000 per claim instalment. Only service accumulated since 1st April 2000, may be counted as eligible service for the purpose of the ELC Scheme.

Service leavers are entitled to make three ELC claims in total. They can only make one claim per financial year (1 April - 31 March), however if they have served between 6 and 8 years they are eligible to aggregate all three claims together.

Work Placements

We want to ensure that Service Leavers are in the best position to get a job in the industry after completing their resettlement program with us, so CNet has created an additional work placement as part of the Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) program. Following the CNCI® program, Service Leavers work with CNet’s resettlement team and are placed with a cable installation company for a 10-day work placement. This work placement provides valuable on-the-job experience, and as the industry is facing a skills shortage, a lot of these companies are looking for new recruits so the work placement could be compared to a 10-day interview. What better way to show your knowledge and skills than being put in front of a team every day for two weeks.

Peter Granger, Solutions Architect
Leaving the Royal Navy in 2001 was a daunting prospect for me with no clear direction on where my career would take me. My Resettlement Advisor recommended Telecommunications due to my Weapon Engineering training, and I completed a program with CNet Training (then Cablenet Training). This program gave me the skills and confidence to begin applying for jobs in the industry which I would not have had if not for the training they provided, going back to CNet Training to complete my Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®) ten years later further enhanced my confidence and ability to progress in the Data Centre industry. For anyone leaving the Armed Forces I could not recommend CNet Training highly enough, they have helped shape my career in the industry and are always available to advise my next steps and those of my colleagues.
Tom Robertson, Fibre Specialist
As someone leaving the Army it can be quite challenging to decide what to go into. Choosing fibre I went to CNet Training and thanks to their Level 3 Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) program, I have successfully been able to get a job in the industry and feel confident to be able to carry out the job. The Instructor was great and not only knew the material, but he also gave further information to point me in the right direction on possible companies to approach. I'd recommend this course to any service leavers looking to get into the industry.

The Armed Forces Covenant

CNet has pledged to support the armed forces community by signing the national Armed Forces Covenant and receiving the gold award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - find out more here.

Contact the Resettlement and Ex-forces team

Olly Day
Resettlement Adviser

Olly is your main contact for any resettlement related queries and manages work placements.

+44 (0)1284 718421

Clint Sherratt
Head of Technical Development

Ex-forces himself, Clint can help with queries about what it is really like to enter the industry from the Forces.


Andrew Stevens, CEO, CNet Training
CNet has supported those who have served and who are currently serving and all those connected with the Armed Forces for over 26 years. We strongly believe the experience gained in the Armed Forces provides key transferable knowledge, skills and disciplines to work across the network infrastructure and data centre sectors, plus attributes that can be of huge value to any business. CNet employs many ex-forces personnel as expert Instructors who deliver our technical education programs across the globe as well as a number of reservists and I am tremendously proud to have them as part of the CNet team.