Use your skills to make a difference to the UK economy

Use your skills to make a difference to the UK economy

By Ed Hanna

The skills you have gained in the Armed Forces are highly valued and much needed in the FE and Skills sector to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology experts.

The Further Forces

Programme has been created to support the resettlement of Service-leavers to civilian life, providing a smooth transition to a career and employment in the further education and skills sector. The aim is to enable Service-leavers to take their technical knowledge, skills and occupational competencies into teaching post-16 students.

If you are preparing to leave the Armed Forces in the next two years, or have left in the last five years, the Further Forces programme can offer you fully funded teacher training and help you secure employment with an FE provider.

The focus is on technical knowledge and skills, across a whole range of science, engineering and technology subjects, such as: IT, car mechanics, sports, catering, electrical services and physics. The UK needs teachers with technical expertise who can inspire and develop the skills of future workers so that the nation’s economy can grow. You can provide that inspiration…

The technical expertise and experience you have means you can bring real world contexts, practical experience and examples to share with students, bringing learning to life. You can also provide vital skills such as project management, communication and teamwork – all of which will enable your students to succeed in work and life.

The Further Forces programme is managed by the Education and Training Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, Department for Education and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. They will support you to achieve a Level 5 teaching qualification over one or two years while you work in FE. Your teacher training is led by either the University of Portsmouth – the Southern Hub, or the Association of Colleges – the Northern Hub.

To ensure a smooth transition to civilian life as a teacher, Further Forces provides extensive support. From the first moment you connect with the programme you will be supported by your hub and by a subject specialist mentor, provided through the University of Brighton. This makes Further Forces an excellent resettlement route, providing personal support and a clear progression route to employment where your expert knowledge and skills will be highly valued.

You can complete free online modules before you leave the Forces, so you can get a feel for teaching and start to gain credits towards your qualification. Participation in the programme will not affect your eligibility for Learning Credits and joining Further Forces does not cost you anything. Engagement with this programme is designed to lead to full-time, paid employment as an FE lecturer.

To find out more, but with no commitment, contact Further Forces.

You can call either the Northern Hub on: 020 7034 9965 or Southern Hub on: 023 9284 5268 or email:

Use your technical skills from the forces to teach in FE

Have you left the armed forces in the last five years? Then teach technical skills (e.g IT, mechanics, catering, medical) to students aged 16+

Get free training and support to transition to teaching.

“All I knew was the Army. I’ve been lucky…I love my job. It’s not an instant thing – but when you see people finally ‘get it’ and do well after you’ve spent time helping them, you think: I did part of that!” – Johnny Brown, Further Forces – electronics teacher