Potential recruits to the ETF-led and Ministry of Defence and Gatsby Foundation-supported Further Forces programme have until the end of March 2020 to complete their induction and orientation. This will allow recruits to begin Initial Teacher Education training by the end of September 2020 at the latest.
No further recruitment will take place after 31 March 2020. Applicants should visit the Further Forces programme page for details of how to apply. Beyond March, service leavers interested in FE teaching will be able to draw on support from the FE Advice Line and will be signposted towards other opportunities (and associated financial support) to undertake teacher training.
Trainees who are already engaged in Further Forces are not affected.
Launched in 2017, Further Forces has provided armed services leavers with the relevant technical knowledge, skills and experience to train as teachers in the FE sector. It has attracted candidates from the Air Force, Army and Royal Navy to teach a variety of SET (Science, Engineering and Technology), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and wider technical subjects. Candidates are highly-sought after for these roles, which are acknowledged as hard-to-fill in FE. Recruits have included engineers, scientists and digital specialists.
Pin maps to match Further Forces candidates to teaching vacancies remain available. Service leavers can view the pin maps via the Careers Transition Partnership website for Further Forces. Further Education providers can view the pin map using this link and can also receive fortnightly newsletters containing anonymised profiles of Further Forces trainees who are seeking employment opportunities now or in the future.
A selection of case studies of those who have entered the profession via Further Forces is available on the ETF website.
Anyone with enquiries should contact Cerian Ayres, the ETF’s National Head of Technical Education.