Community education co-ordinators make sure education, training and recreation courses meet the needs of the local community.
Salary range: £23,000 to £42,000
How to become a community education co-ordinator
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You’ll find it useful to have a foundation degree or degree in a subject like:
- youth and community development
You’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You could take a college course, which may help when applying for a trainee job. Courses include:
- Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Community Development
- Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Social and Community Work
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You could start by doing an advanced apprenticeship in youth work, learning and development or community arts management.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Volunteering and experience
Volunteering is a good way to build up contacts and can help you to get work in community education or development. You can find volunteering opportunities through The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Do-it.
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got paid or voluntary experience of working in the community. For example, in adult education, teaching or youth work. Experience of working with disadvantaged or vulnerable groups will also be helpful.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of psychology
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- working with local groups and finding out their needs and interests
- planning ways to meet needs
- encouraging course providers to develop new learning opportunities
- working with local schools, colleges and community centres to arrange places and times for courses
- preparing and giving out information to the community
- helping overcome barriers to learning
- helping recruit tutors
- organising training for volunteers
- making sure targets are met
- administrative work – you may have an assistant to help with this
- controlling budgets and bidding for funding (at a senior level)
You could work in an office, in the community, at a school or at a college.
Career path and progression
With experience you could move into management.
You could specialise in working with particular groups, training, or move into consultancy work.
You could also move into community development work.