Employers would usually look for some subjects at National 4 or 5, including English and Maths.
In some cases, employers may look for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or other equivalent qualification.
Experience in a related field such as social or youth work may be preferred.
It may help if you can demonstrate an interest in community safety and security, for example through involvement with voluntary groups.
You may need a full UK driving licence.
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
Jobs are advertised on the myjobscotland website. You would usually be employed by a local authority.
What Does it Take?
You need to be:
able to engage with people of all ages and from all backgrounds
honest and trustworthy
assertive and able to deal with difficult situations and people
able to remain calm under pressure
open minded and non-judgemental
able to work as part of a team
able to organise your own workload and meet deadlines
pro-active and able to solve problems.
You should have:
excellent communication and negotiation skills
good customer service skills
an interest in the community.
Training is on the job, and is ongoing.
With experience you could get promotion to a senior post, and then area co-ordinator.
You may become a community relations officer, investigating and helping to resolve serious cases of anti-social behaviour.