In partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Further Forces is a scheme to retrain 210 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 find employment, allocated a subject specialist mentor and experience high quality learning experiences while on their fully funded teacher training programme which is delivered flexibly. As well as offering Service Leavers the chance of a rewarding career, the scheme will also support providers, colleges, independent training providers, etc in recruiting highly skilled teachers and trainers in SET subjects where there is a recognised skills shortage.
The University of Portsmouth will recruit Service Leavers and link them with suitable employment. The newly employed Service Leavers will then undergo an in-service training programme. Alongside this, the University of Brighton will provide mentoring support to ensure the new teachers are successful in their role.
Hannah Payne, Lecturer at Hartpury College and former combat medical technician in the army said:
“I first signed up to the Further Forces programme to help me move from my military career into civilian teaching. This was a distance learning programme consisting of six topics which I managed to complete relatively quickly. I was then then eligible to enrol straight onto the PGCE. So far I have learnt about the practical skills necessary to hit the ground running as a member of staff in a college.’”
You can read about participants’ direct experience and how they benefited from the programme through the following case study:
To find out more please visit the University of Portsmouth’s website.
If you have any queries about Further Forces, please contact Cerian Ayres, Head of Technical Education.