School of Education and Sociology

Further Forces

Further Forces - become a further education trainer / teacher after the armed forces
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The University of Portsmouth has been commissioned by the Education & Training Foundation to provide the Further Forces Programme, in collaboration with the University of Brighton. The Further Forces Programme is also supported by the Ministry of Defence and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

What is the Further Forces Programme?

Further Forces is an initiative designed to support service personnel preparing to leave or who have recently left the Services become further education (FE) trainers/teachers.

There is a high demand within the FE sector for skilled teachers, in particular within science, engineering and technology. The Ministry of Defence is committed to supporting its outgoing service personnel to transition into civilian life. The intention of the Further Forces programme is to service both of these needs. The service leaver will be provided with high-quality training leading to a nationally recognised teaching qualification, accredited by the University of Portsmouth, and a job working as a teacher in the FE sector.

Where would I teach?

This programme is designed to develop teachers and trainers for the FE sector. This sector primarily delivers courses and training to students who are aged 16 and over. The types of institutions who employer teachers and trainers include general further education colleges, independent training companies and organisations who have substantial in-house training programmes. This programme is not designed for those who wish to become school teachers of students aged 5-16 years old.

Who can apply?

Any service personnel who are planning to leave the Armed Forces, or who have left in the past 2 years. You should have an interest in becoming a teacher in the FE sector i.e. teaching students aged 16 and over.

Do I need any prior experience or 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. All you are expected to have already are:

  • GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C or above, or equivalent.
  • A subject specialism or skill for which you would teach or deliver training, sometimes referred to as professional competence*.
  • 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.

Further Forces

Further Forces

How will the programme work?

In essence, the University of Portsmouth’s role is to bring you and a further education provider (a training provider or a college, for example) together and provide you with the support needed to secure a teaching or training role and qualification.

Once you have applied for this programme you will be contacted by the University of Portsmouth and enrolled onto a career transition programme which will prepare you for the transition between the armed forces and teaching in further education. Part of this programme will also develop your job application and interview skills.

At the same time FE providers, such as training providers or colleges, have been contacting the University of Portsmouth Further Forces project team with an employment need. The project team will use its database of service personnel to source an appropriate pool of applicants for the post.

Following the support you have been given and the completion of the career transition the FE provider would then interview and select the candidate they deem most appropriate for the post from those that have applied.

Once successful at interview, you will be offered paid employment (usually full time or 0.8 full time equivalent). Alongside this employment you will also be enrolled on a teacher training programme which, upon completion, will result in a university awarded teaching qualification. Trainees with SET specialism will also be provided with a specialist mentor from the University of Brighton in collaboration with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The step by step process is:

  1. Apply to enrol on the Further Forces career transition programme
  2. Apply for roles (with support from the University of Portsmouth, Southern Hub and the University of Derby, Northern Hub) with a FE provider
  3. Once successfully employed at a college or training provider, you will also be enrolled onto a teacher trainer programme alongside receiving mentoring by the University of Brighton
  4. After two years and successfully completing the teacher trainer programme alongside retaining employment with the FE provider two years, you will be a qualified teacher/teacher with a Cert Ed or PGCE in Further Education and Training.

How much will this cost?

There is no cost for service personnel undertaking this programme. The total cost of training, including mentor support, will be provided by the Education & Training Foundation and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Why should I use this programme?

The Further Forces programme will source highly skilled trainee teachers and then provide excellent training and mentor support to ensure they become fully qualified teachers who remain within the FE sector.

If you wish to become a trainer/teacher this provides a highly supportive route which will provide:

  • High quality training
  • University teacher training qualification
  • Employment with an FE provider
  • Continued support via a national mentoring programme
  • A new career in education

After successful completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for QTLS.

What is the deadline to apply?

The programme is currently open for applications. However, we encourage early applications as there are a limited number of places on the programme.

How do I apply?

Please register your interest here.

You will then be contacted with further details on the first stage of the programme.

Further Forces - become a further education trainer / teacher after the armed forces