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Community education coordinator

Community education coordinators make sure education, training and recreation courses meet the needs of the local community. 

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £23,000 to £32,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need one of the following, depending on the job:

  • a further education teaching qualification and experience
  • youth and community qualification and experience
  • paid or voluntary community education or development experience

Experience working with disadvantaged groups would be valuable.

You could have an advantage if you've got a foundation degree, or degree in a subject like education, communication, sociology, or youth and community work.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

FE Advice and the Education & Training Foundation have information on teaching and training providers.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to encourage and motivate people 
  • excellent written, verbal and IT skills
  • excellent planning and organising skills
  • the ability to train and work with others

3. 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)

4. Salary

Starter: £23,000 to £28,000

Experienced: £23,000 to £32,000

Earnings may be lower in the voluntary sector.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week full-time, including evenings and weekends. Hours are sometimes flexible, and part-time hours are often available.

You’ll usually be based in an office in a school, college or local centre where courses are held. You’ll usually need a driving licence and a car.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 14 September 2017