Community learning and development officers work with community groups to improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of local people by organising and promoting local education and training opportunities. They also help local people to organise and get resources for their communities.
You could be:
telling people about learning opportunities in their community
setting up and running community learning activities
working with young people (as individuals or in groups at for instance, a youth club), parent and child groups, tenants’ associations and adult learning groups
asking individuals and groups about their learning needs, listening to their replies and helping to organise suitable courses or meetings
working with disadvantaged groups to improve their opportunities
running projects in adult education (including literacy and number work), outdoor education, community arts, health education, drugs awareness, assertiveness training
raising funds and applying for grants for community projects
networking and building links with other organisations
managing budgets and other admin duties.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Salaries for community learning and development officers in Scotland tend to be in the range of £20,000 to £30,000 a year. Senior community learning and development officers earn up to £40,000 a year or more. Salaries can be higher in project and management work.
You would usually be based in a community centre or perhaps a school.
You would do outreach work to meet disadvantaged groups in the community.
Hours are flexible and may include evening and weekend work.
You might be able to work part time.
A lot of posts are linked to fixed-term projects, varying from a few months to several years, depending on the funding available.
good communication skills, and be able to talk to people of all ages from a wide range of backgrounds
a confident and assertive nature
the ability to lead and work in groups
good networking skills, to build relationships with individuals and groups
a cheerful nature, with a sense of humour.
You should be:
open-minded and non-judgemental
self-motivated and enthusiastic
good at assessing the learning needs of community groups
able to use your initiative and take responsibility
well organised, to keep track of different projects
able to work under pressure
committed to equal opportunities.
Training is on the job with short courses to keep you up to date.
The University of Glasgow also offers a part time work based BA degree in Community Development. For entry to this course you need 3-4 Highers at AAB or ABBB, and must be working at least 10 hours a week paid or unpaid in the field of community development.
YouthLink Scotland has information on short professional development courses in working with young people.
You could work for a local authority or a voluntary organisation.
With experience, you may be able to become a team leader or a project leader.
If you work in a local authority, you may be able to become a manager, responsible for planning and organising community learning services.