SkillForce is a charity that works in partnership with schools, drawing upon the skills of predominantly ex-Forces personnel, to inspire young people to succeed. Since 2000, SkillForce has changed the lives of 50,000 young people in the UK, engaging the hard-to-reach, developing their skills, and preparing them for next steps in education, work or training.
We are working with 150 schools in England, Scotland and Wales. SkillForce's approach is to Engage, Prepare and Develop, helping young people take the next steps in their lives.
SkillForce gets results because we understand that some students need a tailored approach.
The empathy and skills of our instructors engage young people and, working with the school, lift aspirations and levels of achievement.
Our instructors use activity-based learning in the classroom and activities beyond it to inspire. We have a range of programmes tailored to age group, the young person’s needs and the school. Our charitable fundraising subsidises the cost of our programmes in schools.
We have the tools and programmes to deliver three outcomes: help bring the hardest-to-reach young people back into the fold; engage those who need a more tailored approach and help them find next steps in education, work or training, and; prepare children for the all-important step from primary to secondary education.
How we can help you
SkillForce have a number of opportunities available including the following;
We have four pilot programmes running in South Shields, Middlesbrough, Norwich and Goole. These are primary transition programmes supporting young people in their transition from primary school to secondary school. Placements are available for those wishing to support the delivery of the programme and gain first hand experience of working with the young people our charity aim to inspire. Placements are available immediately following an interview and satisfactory DBS check. Each placement is flexible in the number of days per week and length although priority will be given to those able to commit for between 2 – 6 months.
Other placements and volunteering opportunities could be arranged working in a number of our schools at any of our team locations across the country, or in one of our head office roles, these include; Scotland, Liverpool and Manchester, North West and Cumbria, East Yorkshire and Humberside, North East, East Midlands and South Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Anglia, Thames Valley and Oxford, Devon and Cornwall, West of England and South Wales, Dorset and Solent, Essex and Hertfordshire, London, East Kent, West Kent and Edwinstowe (Nottinghamshire).
We are able to offer a number of taster days within our HO in Edwinstowe shadowing our staff to gain a better understanding of the charitable sector and education. Tasters are available for those interested in working in Project/Change Management, HR and Training, Fundraising or Finance.