New online pin maps have been created to help Further Education providers fill hard-to-recruit-to technical teaching vacancies with Armed Services leavers from the ETF’s Further Forces programme. The maps help providers identify suitable candidates to fill vacancies and candidates to identify vacancies they may be interested in.
The first map, which is aimed at provider organisations, displays the locations where Services leavers are based and provides anonymised profiles with details including the date they are available for employment and the subject they wish to teach. It can be accessed here.
The second, aimed at Services leavers, displays available teaching vacancies by location and includes links to apply. It can be accessed here. Candidates wishing to apply for one of the vacancies featured on the map are supported by the Further Forces team to apply and prepare for possible interviews.
Cerian Ayres, the ETF’s Head of Technical Education, said:
“The contribution that the Further Forces programme is already making to the recruitment of skilled Armed Forces leavers into Further Education and Training is widely recognised. These maps will help providers identify prospective employees and Services leavers to find suitable jobs, making Further Forces an even more effective initiative in addressing the skills shortage in technical teaching.”
Further Forces began in 2017 and is funded by the Department for Education with support from the Ministry for Defence and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. It supports the resettlement of Armed Services leavers by retraining them and supporting their transition to technical teaching in subjects including science, engineering and technology, where there is a recognised shortage of teachers in the Further Education and Training sector. The programme addresses two government strategies simultaneously; the Strategy for our Veterans and the Industrial Strategy.
Earlier this year (2019) ex-RAF technician Alex Knowles became the first person to gain their PGCE through Further Forces. You can read about his experience here.