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 £25,000 to £33,000 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.