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From service to education: a guide to transition into teaching!

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be a daunting prospect for many ex-service personnel. However, a career in teaching could be an excellent choice for those seeking a new path. Teaching offers a chance for former military personnel to share their knowledge, utilise skills, and experiences to educate and inspire the next generation. In this guide, we will explore the steps involved in transitioning into teaching, the qualifications required, the subjects you can teach, and how Edgware Associates can support you in achieving your goals.

November 02, 2023

1. Qualifications required for teaching:

To become a teacher, it is important to have the relevant teaching qualifications, such as PTLLS, PGCE, or a Diploma in Education and Training. These courses are specifically designed to prepare individuals for teaching in the post-compulsory education sector.

PTLLS is a short course that provides an introduction to teaching concepts and delivery methods within Further Education, while PGCE and diplomas cover the theory and practical aspects of teaching and have longer durations. Additionally, ex-military staff with significant experience and knowledge can obtain a recognised teaching qualification through the Assessment of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) route.


2. Subjects you can teach:

Ex-military can teach a variety of subjects but are particularly suited to Public Services, Uniform Services, and Sports BTEC. Your unique experiences and skill sets may also enable you to mentor and support students in career-focused subjects such as engineering, logistics, and leadership. The leadership, communication, and resilience skills gained from military service make you an ideal fit for teaching Public and Uniform Services. Additionally, you can apply your experience in physical training, team building, and coaching to excel in Sports and Physical Education, benefiting future generations.


3. The benefits of teaching:

Choosing a career in teaching comes with numerous benefits. For ex-military staff, the flexibility of temporary contracts ensures a good work-life balance, allowing time for rest and recuperation between terms, as well as a foot in other careers and industries as you consider your options back on Civvy Street.


4. How can Edgware Associates help?

Transitioning into teaching can have its challenges, especially for those unfamiliar with the education sector - that’s where we come in. We are education recruitment specialists dedicated to providing the support and advice necessary to ease this process. We take pride in offering a professional service, guiding you through the steps required to start a career in teaching, securing temporary positions, and progressing as a qualified and experienced teacher. We also provide assistance in finding long-term roles and understanding the expectations of leadership positions in schools and colleges.


If you are considering a career in teaching, contact us today at 0344 477 9293 or email us your most recent CV to to discover how we can help you achieve your goals.