Government hires soldiers to teach in bid to plug £90billion skills gap

The Sunday Express reports that the Further Forces scheme, backed by the the Department of Education and the Ministry of Defence, will see service leavers with specialised skills take to the classroom to bolster Britain’s post-Brexit prospects.

 More than 110 former soldiers, sailors and air personnel will be offered careers worth around £32,000 a year to retrain as tertiary school instructors in so-called STEM subjects – sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. 
Last night the Education and Training Foundation, a Government-funded body tasked with overseeing the project, said the prospect of members of the Armed Forces in classrooms would attract teenagers to those colleges who employ them.

Engineers, mechanics, signals and computer experts from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF will be in particularly high demand. 

“And colleges of Further Education are really keen. It’s not just about their expertise. There’s a real recognition that Armed Forces  professionals are held in high regard and having professionals like that in colleges would provide teenagers with good role models” said a spokesman for the ETF last night.

Service leavers selected for the first tranche will spend a month of a two-year training course learning how to assimilate to a civilian working environment at Portsmouth University, one of the scheme’s co-sponsors. The remainder of the training will be largely vocational, with mentoring controlled by the University of Brighton.

The scheme, scheduled to be replicated next year, is being partly funded by the Gatsby Foundation, and will have two national hubs, one in the North of England and one in the South. 

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