Former members of the Armed Forces will become mentors to young people in schools across England following a £1.5 million grant to the charity SkillForce, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today.
Through three pilot programmes, ex-service personnel will be fast-tracked into schools, using the skills and experience gained on the front line to help young people achieve. SkillForce will be funded to set up the three programmes from September 2011:
- Military to Mentors: 100 ex-service personnel will be trained to work as mentors for young people in and out of schools across England. SkillForce will work alongside two other organisations, Endeavour and the Knowsley Skills Academy, on this programme.
- Zero Exclusion Pilot: SkillForce will provide intensive support to 100 young people at risk of exclusion from school. This will take place in five regions across England (areas to be confirmed), over a 12-month period.
- Expand SkillForce