Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 140
TEACHING ISN'T ALL ABOUT CHILDREN. YOU CAN ALSO
PASS YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON TO OLDER AND MATURE
STUDENTS IN FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION
oung adults in England
are now obliged to
continue their education
in some form - either
full-time, part-time or
as an apprentice or trainee - until
they're 18. This expansion of the
further- and higher-education sector
means there are plenty of teaching
roles available. As well as older
teenagers continuing their education,
you may teach mature students
who have returned to education.
There are currently 2.2 million
students studying at 288 colleges
in England, which includes furthereducation institutions, sixth-form
colleges, art, design and performing
arts and agricultural establishments,
as well as specialist colleges.
Further education is a huge area,
providing academic, vocational
and professional courses in diverse
settings, including youth oﬀender
institutes and the armed forces. Many
colleges and training institutions
teach a wide variety of students
with a range of ages, abilities and
backgrounds, making this a sector
where skills are truly transferable.
There are opportunities to teach
across diﬀerent qualiﬁcation
levels and types, either during
the day or in the evening.
Many vocational FE teaching jobs
oﬀer ﬂexible and part-time hours,
so you can ﬁt teaching around
another career. This is a bonus for
the students, too, as it means your
experience is up to date. If you
enjoy working with young adults
and are looking for high levels of
job satisfaction, further-education
teaching is a great choice.
In recent years, the government has
committed to getting young people
into the workplace through vocational
training such as apprenticeships,
NVQs and QCF qualiﬁcations. This
has increased the need for assessors
with "occupational competence" in
the subject, and the teaching skills
to encourage and mentor learners
through their training programme.
An assessor supports and
assesses students working towards
a vocational qualiﬁcation within a
college, training centre or workplace.
It's the assessor's job to ensure
trainees meet the occupational
standards required to achieve their
qualiﬁcations. The majority of these
positions also involve teaching.
What qualiﬁcations do I
need? To work as an assessor you
ﬁrst need to prove you have the
relevant occupational competence,
which includes having recent
experience within the role you're
looking to assess, as well as having
a Level 3 qualiﬁcation within
the required subject area.
To be considered fully qualiﬁed to
assess NVQ candidates, you'll need
a Level 3 certiﬁcate in assessing
vocational achievement (CAVA).
This will qualify you to carry out
both competency- and knowledgebased assessments, allowing you
to support a student throughout
their NVQ, both in the workplace
and in college-based settings.
How much can I earn? Fulltime assessors can expect to start
on a salary of between £18,000 and
£25,000 a year. With experience
and additional responsibilities, this
could increase to £30,000 a year.
FURTHER EDUCATION LECTURER
As well as oﬀering traditional
academic subjects such as maths,
English and the sciences, furthereducation establishments are the
place where students can learn
vocational courses. These will
train people for careers such as
catering, construction or childcare,
and often lead to qualiﬁcations
such as City & Guilds or BTECs.
As a lecturer, you'll be responsible
for acting as a personal tutor to
students, supervising practical work
- including work placements and
ﬁeld trips - and keeping learning
records, as well as planning lessons.
In order to teach a vocation, you'll
need experience in that particular
ﬁeld and you'll be expected to hold a
minimum of a Level 3 qualiﬁcation
in the subject area. You'll also
need a teaching qualiﬁcation
relevant to the level of teaching
responsibility you'll have in your job.
What qualiﬁcations do I need?
The Level 3 award in education and
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