AUEA is committed as part of our Armed Forces Charter to promoting options for Engineering and Science in the Armed Forces as well as supporting ex service personnel with working in Education.


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UTC Royal Navy Engineering Fast Track Apprenticeship.

Due to the high level of Level 3 engineering already undertaken at our UTC, Aston University Sixth Form students are able to apply to join the Royal Navy under the Accelerated Apprentice scheme; thereby fast-tracking the usual engineering entry route by three years and joining directly as a Leading Hand with an incredible starting salary of £33,000 (January 2022).

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AUEA is fully supportive of the Armed Forces Covenant, which was signed on the 2nd February 2017. AUEA and Sixth Form support staff and their families who are reservists within the Armed Forces. This includes releasing them from the UTC to undertake UK based training and Reservist duties. Staff may also apply to undertake a sabbatical to allow the attendance of tours overseas.

Forces into Education.

AUEA is proud to employ forces personnel into all roles at our UTC including support staff and teachers. Currently our employees include Ex: Royal Navy Aircraft and Martine Engineers, Royal Air Force Aircraft Engineers, and Army MP and REME Engineers

Our UTC offers the opportunity for forces personal to gain work placements to support transfer to civilian employment. To apply for a work placement please contact

​What is the AUEA Troops for Teachers Programme?

AUEA’s Troops to Teachers is an initiative designed to support service personnel preparing to leave or who have recently left the Armed Forces become University Technical College (UTC) trainers/teachers.

Troops to Teachers bursary

If you’re a former service personnel you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary of £40,000 for an undergraduate degree leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England.  Further information available click here

To be eligible for the bursary, you must:

  • train to teach secondary biology, physics, chemistry, computing, maths or modern foreign languages
  • not already have a undergraduate degree
  • have left full-time employment with the British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy no more than 5 years before the start of the course
  • be entitled to support under the Student Finance England eligibility criteria

You can also apply for a tuition fee and maintenance loan for the duration of the course.

There is a high demand within the Seconday school and especially UTC sector for skilled teachers, in particular within science, engineering and technology. The Ministry of Defence is committed to supporting its outgoing service personnel to transition into civilian life. The intention of the Troops to Teachers programme is to service both of these needs. The service leaver will be provided with high-quality training leading to a nationally recognised teaching qualification, accredited by the DFE through Titan Education Partnership’s teacher training programmes and a job working as a teacher in a UTC.

To find out more and attend an information evening about Troops to Teachers or working in the education establishment please contact Vice Principal David Chapman. 

David Chapman

Mr David Chapman, Head of UTC - Deputy DSL

0121 380 0574

Who can apply?

Any service personnel who are planning to leave the Armed Forces, or who have left in the past 2 years. You should have an interest in becoming a teacher in a secondary school i.e. teaching students aged 14 and over.

Where would I teach?

This programme is designed to develop teachers and trainers for the UTC sector. This sector delivers courses and training to students who are aged 14 to 19 Years and attend one of the UK’s UTCs.

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​Do I need any prior qualifications?

Troops to Teachers courses are for non-graduates and lead to QTS and a degree qualification. This involves:

  • earning a salary as an unqualified teacher while you train (this could be 80% of the unqualified teacher pay ranges)
  • training to teach in a school for four days a week, with university training one a day a week to further your academic qualifications to degree level
  • training in secondary maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computing or modern foreign languages.

You’ll need to be able to demonstrate, through your qualifications in the Armed Forces, that you have sufficient evidence of academic achievement and specialist subject knowledge to support your development.

The minimum eligibility requirements for the course are:

  • English language and maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C
  • a minimum of 120 subject-related Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points if your current qualifications relate specifically to your chosen subject for teacher training
  • a minimum of 240 credits if your qualifications are not specific to your chosen specialist subject for teacher training, but they are related*.

Your qualifications can be either academic (for example from the Open University), or professional qualifications like Command, Leadership and Management or Defence Train the Trainer courses. Experiences can be formal roles either as a trainer/instructor, or applying the subject you wish to teach. 

* Accreditation of prior learning can be applied for and recent and relevant qualifications and experience assessed and accredited.

Do I need any previous experience or qualifications?

No. We are looking for people with technical knowledge and a desire to train/teach. All training to become an effective trainer/teacher will be provided by the programme.

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