Association of Colleges

Association of Colleges


 The Further Forces Programme is an Education & Training Foundation initiative designed to support service personnel preparing to leave in the next 2 years, or who have recently left the Services over the last 5 years, to become further education trainers/ teachers.

Given the high demand within the FE sector for skilled teachers, particularly within science, engineering and technology, the initiative is designed to retrain Armed Forces Service Leavers to teach technical subjects, including Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in the further education (FE) and skills sector.

AoC is supporting the Further Forces Programme and is currently working with partner colleges to promote the Programme to Service Leavers. However, we are continuously seeking the opportunity to inform Service Leavers about this fantastic initiative.

The training received by the Service Leavers is fully funded by the ETF and leads to a nationally recognised teaching qualification. The teaching role is secured straight away, and training is provided ‘on the job’ for two years. During their teacher training, Service Leavers are allocated a mentor by the University of Brighton to support their transition into teaching.

AoC’s role is to bring the Service Leaver and a Further Education provider (a training provider or a college, for example) together and provide them with the support needed to secure a teaching/ training role and qualification.

The process

    1. The Service leaver (SL) applies to enrol on the Further Forces career transition programme;


  1. The SL applies for roles with a FE provider with support from the Association of Colleges (Northern Hub) and University of Portsmouth (Southern Hub)


  1. Once successfully employed at a college or training provider, the SL will also be enrolled onto a teacher trainer programme alongside receiving mentoring by the University of Brighton


  1. After two years and successfully completing the teacher trainer programme alongside retaining employment with the FE provider for two years, the SL will be a qualified teacher with a Cert Ed or PGCE in Further Education and Training.

Next steps

Further useful information can be found in the ETF’s pamphlet – Information for Service Leavers.

If you would like to find out how you can get involved and benefit from this exciting initiative, please contact

Telephone: 0207 034 9978

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