Could you use your military training and experience to inspire the next generation?

Are you recent Service Leaver? Are you due to leave the forces soon? Or maybe you are a serving Reservist?

You may be seeking a new career, where you can truly utilise all the skills and experience that you have gained whilst serving.

Training and instructing young people and adults might be right up your street!

Protocol have been working very closely with ex-forces personnel for many years and have placed many former members of the armed forces into roles with education and training providers across the country. We are very proud to have recently been granted the Bronze Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We have always had support and fair treatment for current and former service personnel embedded within our own internal recruitment policy and business operations and so it is a great delight to be recognised for this policy.

There are many ways of getting into a career in education after leaving the Forces – and not all of them require a traditional teaching qualification!

It is often thought that you have to hold a formal teaching or assessing qualification in order to work within education – but this untrue! The disciplines, skills and knowledge you have learnt within the forces are very easy to transfer into an educational setting – such as:

  • Teamwork and Leadership
  • Managing time and resources
  • Delivering theoretical or practical training
  • Applying and monitoring safe practices in the workplace
  • Giving and following instructions
  • Communication
  • Determination, self-motivation and discipline
  • Ability to make logical decisions, and undertake new tasks quickly

Many education providers will take the experience and training that you have gained in the Forces, and upskill you to gain the necessary qualifications whilst working within the role. This is especially true in areas like engineering and construction where a national skill shortage has cause employers to increasingly turn towards upskilling industry professionals.

You could work in the following job roles:
  • Trainer or Instructor (working with students (16-19 years old) across a variety of subjects, both practical and theory lessons)
  • Assessor (assessing students that are studying on apprenticeship courses)
  • Learning Support Assistant (supporting Special Educational Needs students with their day-to-day college life)

A career within education does not mean you will be confined to the same 4 walls of a classroom day in, day out. Many colleges and training providers operate state of the art facilities and fully equipped workshops, where you could be helping deliver or assess practical training. The assessing roles can also involve travel to various sites to assess learners in the workplace. No two days are the same within education!

You would be able to deliver any subject area that you have gained experience or qualifications in within the Forces. Using your practical knowledge, instructing skills and passion to pass on your expertise to the next generation.

How can we help?

Protocol are working in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, and the Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) in order to help you take the next step into a new career, by offering help, support and advice in writing your CV, applying for jobs and interview techniques.

We work with over 80% of colleges nationwide, as well as training providers,. Once your CV is up-to-scratch and we have an idea of what kind of role you are looking for, we will then start work on helping you find a position by sending your CV to colleges in your area and sending through exclusive job alerts when new roles arise for temporary, permanent and sessional roles.

You will also benefit from:

  • An online Learning Zone with many free CPD courses
  • A friendly, and personalised service
  • Support throughout your entire journey, from your initial registration right the way through to placement in your ideal role

We also offer a generous referral scheme, so make sure you tell a friend!

We very keen to speak to any former members of the military that are interested in getting into education. If this is of interest, please register here.

Have any questions? You can call our recruitment team on 0115 911 1222 or email us at