Bring Your Naval Technical Skills into Teaching in the Further Education Sector
The skills you gain in the Royal Navy are perfect to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists and technical experts.
The Further Forces Programme has been created to support anyone leaving the Royal Navy to bring their technical knowledge and skills into teaching post-16 students in Further Education (FE).
If you are preparing to leave the Navy, or have left in the last two years, Further Forces can offer you fully funded teacher-training and help you secure a post with a FE provider teaching students aged 16 or over. Our focus is on technical skills across a whole range of science, engineering and technology subjects from IT or car mechanics to sports studies or physics lecturer. We also support service leavers to transition into teaching roles in wider technical areas. Get in touch to find out how your skills can be a vital addition to educating the next generation.
Led by the Education and Training Foundation, with support from Ministry of Defence, Department for Education and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, Further Forces aims to address the technical skills gap in the UK economy by bringing the real-world experience of Naval personnel into FE teaching. We help you gain a Level 5 qualification over 1 or 2 years while you work in a college or training provider. 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 from the Navy 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 also by a subject specialist mentoring scheme, run through the University of Brighton. These mentors are FE practitioners, but they sit outside of both the training Hub and the FE provider, so you have access to impartial, knowledgeable and personal support. So Further Forces is the perfect resettlement route, providing support and a purpose.
If you have an interest in teaching, you can complete six, free, online modules before you leave the Navy 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. Joining Further Forces does not cost you or the Navy anything and it should lead to full-time, paid employment as an FE lecturer.
“I served as a Combat Medical Technician in the Army. The skills and knowledge gained in this role, coupled with my degree in sports science meant that I was well places to embark upon a career in Further Education teaching and training”. Hannah Payne, Further Forces Programme recruit.
To find out more, but with no commitment, contact Further Forces.
You can call either the Norther or Southern Hub, and we will make sure you are talking to the right person. Or drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Hub: 020 7034 9965 Southern Hub: 023 9284 5268