Apprenticeships in England
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Further Education (FE) tutors teach students and apprentices over the age of 16. They develop students’ practical and theoretical understanding of a wide variety of courses and train them for careers in construction or engineering.
There are several routes to becoming an FE tutor. You could do a university or college course, an apprenticeship, or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming an FE tutor, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
To teach academic qualifications such as A levels (or equivalent), you may need a degree in a relevant subject.
You can gain qualifications to become an FE tutor by studying at university. You could complete a Certificate in Education, or a postgraduate diploma or Certificate in Education or lifelong learning.
In addition to a teaching qualification, you will need experience and technical qualifications to become a tutor on a work-related course or apprenticeship scheme.
You’ll usually need:
To become an FE tutor and teach vocational, construction-related subjects, you will need to have previous experience working within the industry. Once you have practical experience, you could apply to a college or training provider to become an FE tutor. Your employer will ask you to complete a Certificate in Education (or equivalent qualification) on the job, within a certain time frame after you start teaching.
You could complete a higher apprenticeship with a college or training provider to become an FE tutor. You’ll need to have recent experience of working in the construction industry and previous training or qualifications in the subject you aim to teach.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
If you have several years’ experience and qualifications in an area of construction, you could apply directly to an employer, or complete teaching qualifications on-the-job.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry and going on to become an FE tutor. You could gain this by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works in the industry. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an FE tutor include:
Steve Howard is a senior instructor for CITB at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) in London.
The expected salary for an FE tutor varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As an FE tutor, you could work in further education or sixth form colleges, adult education or independent training centres.
With experience as an instructor, you could progress to a role as a senior lecturer, head of department, or move into senior management.
You could become an assessor or an examiner, or develop textbooks and online educational resources.