SkillForce is a national education charity. Our mission is to empower children and young people to make positive choices and feel ‘comfortable in their own skin’, building confidence, resilience and good character using the skills and experience of ex-Services personnel.
SkillForce delivers a range of innovative award programmes to children and young people aged 5-19. Our team has unrivalled experience developed over 15 years of working with primary and secondary schools to transform lives and help young people be their best.
We partner with schools and education providers across the UK to prepare young people for their next steps in education, work or training
Our instructors are mainly ex-service personnel who have served their country and now serve their community by acting as motivational mentors and role models to young people
Our nationwide SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award, supported by our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT, develops confidence and resilience as well as leadership and teamwork skills.
“I learnt so much from being in the Army. They really drum into you the importance of resilience, leadership, courage and discipline. To be able to pass on those values and the importance of respect for others is fantastic, and a real privilege."
Alex Young, Former British Army soldier
I now feel like I’m part of the education cog that’s helping to develop these kids into better people. What I like about the SkillForce programme is that it’s not working on the academic side of things, it’s working on life skills which I think is having a massive effect on the kids.
Chris Peacock, ex-RAF
SkillForce has helped me improve on my knowledge and experience in working with young people. I’ve learnt so much with SkillForce; working with different age students has broadened my experience and adaptability to work with students of all ages.
Nikki Laker, Former Army Cadet Force Adult Instructor
We have teams throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
From bicycle rides to team building days, workshops and dinners, colleagues at global law firm Clyde & Co raised funds for SkillForce in a three-year partnership
J.P. Morgan and SkillForce have been working together on a programme to boost employability and life chances for young people in Tower Hamlets
For Give & Gain Day 2016, SkillForce instructors worked with BT staff volunteers to give exciting opportunities to children and young people
With support from Rathbones, our Your Future and Young Runners programmes have helped young people thrive and enjoy new opportunities
In 2016, Skillforce was one of only two UK education charities to be selected for the Citi 'e for Education' Campaign. Citi Group has also been a key supporter of our Your Future programme.