In partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Further Forces is a scheme to recruit and retrain Armed Forces Service Leavers to teach technical subjects, including Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector.
Service Leavers are supported to secure employment, allocated a subject specialist mentor, and experience high-quality learning experiences whilst completing their fully-funded teacher training programme at Level 5 or above, which is delivered flexibly. As well as offering Service Leavers the chance of a rewarding career, the scheme also supports FE providers, colleges, independent training companies, UTCs, Sixth Form Colleges, Specialist Colleges, Adult and Community Learning and Justice Sector providers, etc, to recruit highly-skilled teachers and trainers in SET, STEM and wider technical subject specialisms, where there is a recognised skills shortage.
The University of Portsmouth and the Association of Colleges (AoC) support Service Leavers to secure suitable technical teaching roles in the FE sector. The newly employed Service Leavers then undergo an in-service ITE training programme.
Alongside this, the University of Brighton provides subject specialist mentoring support to ensure the new teachers are successful in their role. New mentors are being recruited throughout 2020 and interested individuals with experience of technical teaching can email the University of Brighton to find out more or express an interest.
Last opportunity to apply
At this time there will be no further recruitment of Service Leavers to this programme. We are now in a new phase of the programme, securing technical teaching roles for the service leavers who are currently completing their Initial Teacher Training qualification. However, should there be service leavers interested in transitioning to technical teaching roles in the FE Sector that did not apply before the recruitment deadline of 31 August 2020 for the Further Forces Programme, then please do make contact to discuss available options. Service leavers interested in FE teaching will be able to draw on support from the ETF FE Advice Line and will be signposted towards other opportunities (and associated financial support) to undertake teacher training.
The film below features former Royal Engineer Dean Carpenter talking about his successful transition into an FE technical teaching role.
Trainees who are already engaged with the Further Forces programme will continue to be funded to complete their nationally recognised ITE qualification and supported to secure employment in FE technical teaching roles.
Further Education providers can receive ETF Further Forces Employability fortnightly newsletter containing anonymised profiles of Further Forces trainees who are seeking employment opportunities now or in the future. Trainee pin map contains anonymised trainee profiles that will support providers in filling their ‘hard to fill’ FE technical teaching roles.
Since its inception 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.
A selection of case studies of those who have entered the profession via Further Forces is available on the ETF website.