Community Education Co-ordinator

Job Description:

Community education co-ordinators organise education, training and recreation courses to meet the needs of the local community.

Job Category:
Health Care & Social Assistance

What you will do:

Day-to-day tasks
As a community education co-ordinator, you could:

  • work with local groups to understand their needs and interests
  • plan and develop learning projects with course providers
  • recruit and support community volunteers
  • organise suitable venues for workshops and classes
  • promote activities and training courses
  • keep records, control budgets and bid for funding


You’ll need:

  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • a desire to help people
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisation skills)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations (adaptability skills)
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering
  • applying directly

You could do a foundation degree or degree in a subject like:

  • education
  • sociology
  • youth work
  • community development

You could do a college course which might be useful when applying for a trainee job. Courses include:

  • Diploma in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community
  • Certificate in Social and Community Work

You could start by doing an Advanced Apprenticeship as a:

  • Youth Support Worker
  • Cultural Learning and Participation Officer
  • Learning and Development Practitioner

These apprenticeships can take around 1 year and 6 months to complete.

You could become a community education co-ordinator though volunteering.

Volunteering is a good way to get practical experience, meet new people and develop your network of contacts. This might help you when looking for a job in community education or development.

Direct Application
You could apply directly for community education co-ordinator jobs.

You’ll need paid or voluntary experience of working in the community such as in:

  • adult education
  • teaching
  • youth work

You’ll also find it helpful to have experience of working with disadvantaged or vulnerable groups.

School Subjects

Here are some GCSE subjects that could be helpful:

  1. English: Strong language and communication skills are essential for developing and delivering educational programs and communicating with participants and stakeholders.
  2. Mathematics: Basic mathematical skills are useful for budgeting and financial management aspects of coordinating community education programs.
  3. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Knowledge of ICT can be valuable for managing data, creating promotional materials, and using technology in educational programs.
  4. Business Studies: This subject can provide insights into project management, administration, and organizational skills required for coordinating community education initiatives.
  5. Sociology or Psychology: Understanding human behavior and social dynamics can be beneficial when working with diverse groups in the community.
  6. Citizenship or Social Studies: These subjects can provide an understanding of civic engagement and community development, which are relevant to community education initiatives.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typical working hours are 30-40 hours of work a week.

You may have to be flexible with your hours and could work in the evenings or on the weekend.

You could work in an office, in the community, at a school or at a college.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could:

  • become a manager and get involved in
  • developing policy
  • specialise in working with particular groups or types of training
  • become freelance and do consultancy work
  • move into related areas like adult education, social work, teaching or charity work