Further Forces

Access a fully funded teaching qualification, help to find a job in further education and specialist support for your transition into teaching.

Are you planning on leaving the Armed Forces, or have left in the last five years?
If so, the Further Forces programme could be for you. Your knowledge and skills are of real value in Further Education. Your technical expertise could inspire students (all aged 16+), whether you want to teach electrical engineering, health and science or technology.

What is the Further Forces programme?
Further Forces supports anyone preparing to leave the Armed Forces (or who have left in the last 5 years) to become teachers in Further Education, where there is a great demand for people with technical expertise.

Every Service Leaver is provided with fully funded, high-quality training leading to a nationally recognised teaching qualification. The teaching role is secured straight away and the training is provided ‘on the job’ during the first two years. You are also allocated a mentor to support your transition into teaching. Therefore, Further Forces can help you move to the next stage in your life and help the next generation gain valuable technical education.

Last opportunity to apply
Potential recruits have until the end of March 2020 to complete their induction, orientation and programme registration. This will allow them to begin Initial Teacher Education training before, or at the latest by, 30 September 2020.

Where would I teach?
This programme is designed to develop teachers and trainers for the FE sector, which is mainly for students aged 16 and over. There are FE institutions all over the country, and include general Further Education colleges, independent training companies and organisations who have substantial inhouse training programmes.

How will the programme work?
When you contact Further Forces, we will find out what skills and experience you have, and talk to you about what subject areas you are interested in. We will then begin you on your training.

In the meantime, FE providers, i.e. training provider or college, contact us with details of the technical vacancies they have. So we match up their needs with your skills. We then work with you to prepare you for interview so you can get the teaching post most suited to you.

Once in employment, you complete a two-year, part-time teacher training programme (either a CertEd or PGCE in Further Education and Training). You are supported by a subject-specialist mentor.

How much will this cost?
There is no cost to you for undertaking this programme. The total cost of training, including mentor support, will be provided by the Education and Training Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Do I need any prior qualifications or previous teaching qualifications?
No. We are looking for people with technical knowledge and a desire to train/ teach. All training to become an effective trainer/teacher will be provided by the programme.

You are expected to have: –  GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C or above, or equivalent (e.g. Literacy and Numeracy at Level 2). –  Technical skills, sometimes referred to as professional competence (e.g. welding vehicle mechanics, bricklaying). –  A willingness to undergo a DBS (criminal record) check which demonstrates you have no criminal convictions which would disqualify you from teaching i.e. those which would prevent you working with students aged under 18 or vulnerable adults.

Accreditation of prior learning can be applied for, and recent and relevant qualifications and experience assessed and accredited.

Insight Days
Join us to find out more about Further Forces and explore what teaching in Further Education is all about and why it is right for you.

Friday 13 March,
Grimsby Institute 

Monday 16 March,
HMP Bristol 
(Prison Education service)

Wednesday 18 March,
Weston College 

Thursday 19 March,
xeter College 

Friday 20 March,
Norwich College 

Tuesday 24 March,
National College for Nuclear Building (Northern Hub – Lakes College west Cumbria)

Come along to find out more about Further Forces:
•Find out about life at a Further Education College and how different it is to school.
•Meet and chat with
students and teachers.
•Discover how Further Forces helps the transition from
Military to civilian work.
•Try your hand at practical skills that will give you a feel for teaching.
•And ask any questions you might have about our fully funded training, finding a teaching job and anything else you want to know.

Free to attend:
Book now: www.booking.etfoundation.co.uk/course/details/721  

For more information call us on 0207 034 9978


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