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Active Mentoring

SkillForce employs instructors with a wealth of skills and life experience. What makes us unique is that in many cases this expertise has been developed through service in our armed forces in all parts of the world.

Our instructors are positive and empathetic role models who bring with them the values of a service background. Values such as: Discipline, selflessness, courage, resilience, dedication, loyalty, dependability, respect

These values mean that our instructors are ideally placed not only to teach skills to young people but also to act as mentors who guide the young people and model positive attitudes and behaviours.

“I enjoy school more because of SkillForce. I like the way we learn. I feel more confident to try things – it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go right first time anymore, and I know I can keep it going with the SkillForce Instructors, you can actually talk to them because they are on our level, and – they’re less like teachers and more like friends, who can give you advice and confidence. The instructors are there for me, and I’ve really enjoyed the course. Now I’ve tried things that I wouldn’t have tried before, since we’re actually getting out there and doing things. And you learn that if you fail, it’s alright, and you can always try again”
Student, Oldham, Greater Manchester

“When I used to go out if someone said something to me, I would take it the wrong way and I’d end up getting in a fight. Now if I go out and someone says something, I say ‘What d’you mean?’ I can tell now if someone’s messing about or being serious.”

Year 10 Pupil


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