Community & Social Services

Community Education Coordinator

Community education coordinators assess the education needs of the local community and ensure the relevant training needed is available.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Community Education Coordinator do?

Community education coordinators assess the education needs of the local community and ensure the relevant training needed is available.

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Work activities

As a community education coordinator, you would:

  • meet with local groups to assess their needs and interests
  • develop plans to meet those needs
  • encourage local course providers to develop new learning products for the local community
  • work with local schools, colleges and community centres to address learning issues
  • encourage the local community to take part in further education courses and training
  • recruit and train tutors and volunteers
  • help overcome barriers to learning
  • undertake budgeting and administrative chores.
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Key skills and interests

To become a community education coordinator, you would need:

  • experience of working with local community or disadvantaged groups
  • to be able to motivate and encourage confidence in people
  • excellent communication and IT skills
  • a knowledge of the courses and training available locally
  • a commitment to equal opportunities and diversity.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week, which may include evenings and/or weekends. Part-time and flexible hours should be available. Short-term contracts are common.

Conditions

You might work for a single employer, such as a community college, or be based in a community centre and work with a number of providers. You would travel to meetings or to visit potential new education / training providers. A current drivers' licence may be required.

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How to become an Community Education Coordinator?

Entry Level Education

A degree in areas such as education, communication, sociology, or youth and community work would be the most appropriate entry level education for gaining a role in this occupation. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English and mathematics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Depending on the role, you may also be required to have a further education qualification. Previous paid or voluntary experience within the community education or development area would may be required by some employers.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Much of the potential for job growth in this occupation is the result of meeting the changing needs of communities, including an ageing population.

An increase in the number of older adults in the overall population will result in a need for more social services generally. However, community education often relies on government grants and funding, and if funding is not available, or decreases, services may not grow fast enough to meet demand.

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