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A further education (FE) tutor teaches young people over the age of 16. They teach a wide variety of courses that train students for careers in construction or engineering.

Average salaries are in the region of £17,000.00 to £30,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A further education (FE) tutor teaches young people over the age of 16. They teach a wide variety of courses that train students for careers in construction or engineering.


What they do

Tutors can be based in colleges, community centres, work-based learning centres, the armed forces or prisons.

As well as teaching, an FE tutor plans and prepares lessons, lectures and seminars, so they need to be organised. They also carry out administrative tasks such as monitoring and assessing students.

Tutors may teach full-time, part-time (day or evening) or day release courses. They will be based in a classroom, workshop or laboratory, depending on the subject they teach. They sometimes accompany students on field trips or assess students in the workplace.

Typical tasks include:

  • Planning and preparing lessons, tutorials or demonstrations
  • Setting and marking assessments
  • Developing new courses and teaching materials
  • Keeping records and other administrative tasks
  • Going to meetings, professional development courses and workshops
  • Interviewing prospective students
  • Acting as a personal tutor - supporting students and helping with problems
  • Supervising more junior members of staff
  • Being actively involved in regulatory inspections and external assessments

Hours & Salary

  • Newly trained tutors can earn in the region of £17,000 - £23,000
  • Trained with experience tutor's can earn in the region of £24,000£36,000
  • Senior, chartered or master tutor's can earn in the region of £36,000 - £90,000     

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


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Case Study

I first worked in the construction industry for a number of years as a plant operator. I then decided to join CITB as a plant instructor so I could pass my experience and knowledge onto others starting out in the industry.

What do you like about your job?

I like being able to help those starting out in the construction industry and help people change their lives.

What’s your working day like?

I instruct candidates on sprayed concrete lining machines. This includes people doing 5 day courses, 18 month apprenticeships, concrete pump courses and gantry crane courses. As my role is now senior, I help in running the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) .

What skills have you developed since you started?

When I first started I didn’t have any qualifications, but now I have lots of NVQs and other qualifications to help back up my profession as an instructor.

A bit of advice for anyone thinking about a career in construction?

It’s a good industry to be in and there are plenty of avenues to go down to find the right career for you. I would encourage people to consider construction as a career choice. 


Matthew Willars - FE Tutor   

Matthew Willars is a Bricklaying Course Manager with Bedford College

What do you do?

I teach bricklaying full time as well as managing the bricklaying courses overall. The role is both ‘hands on’ and managerial. It involves working with the qualifications awarding body, for example. I also work directly with the students, helping them with day to day problems and managing their expectations.

How did you get started?

I started out as an apprentice bricklayer. I then worked in the construction industry for 20 years, in Europe as well as London and more locally. I also ran my own business. I then moved into college lecturing. I have worked at Bedford College for four years. Before that I was a bricklaying tutor at another college. I moved here to progress and develop my career. My bricklaying course manager role provided an opportunity to combine teaching with a managerial role.

What do you like about your job?

I am passionate about the craft of bricklaying so to be able to train students to industry standards is a real privilege. I also like being in a position where I’m setting an example to the students who are the future of the construction industry. The teaching aspect of my role is straightforward but you always have to be on your toes to deal effectively with students’ problems.

What skills do you need?

You need to have a specialist craft, in my case brickwork, and direct experience within the construction industry. Assessor, verification and teaching qualifications are also important. To work with both students and colleagues effectively, strong communication and listening skills are necessary.

Career highs?

As a lecturer it is very rewarding to see students develop and grow as a result of your teaching, and them acknowledging that your experience is helping them with their career. As a bricklayer I’m particularly proud of the design and build I did of a technically difficult frontispiece. It was appreciated and led to further work.

Where next for your career?

I am looking to study for a master’s degree in conservation and I want to develop my skills in heritage brickwork.

Any advice about joining the construction industry?

The construction industry is very rewarding and diverse. It can be physically demanding as well as mentally challenging but every day is different. It can also pay well after training and there are many opportunities to move up pay levels as your career develops.

Qualifications & Training

You need at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach such as A-levels, a L3 BTEC, Scottish Highers or Welsh Advanced Baccalaureate. For some academic subjects you may also need a degree.

At the beginning of your teaching career, you can do the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, which is a short introduction to the field. Some training providers may still provide the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course, which is recognised as the earlier equivalent.

You can do your training on a full or part-time basis. If you want to do a part-time course and are not already employed as a tutor, you will need to arrange to do some teaching hours. You may be able to do this on a voluntary basis, although many people find paid teaching work whilst still training.

If you do not have a level 3 qualification,  you may still be able to complete your teaching qualification whilst you are teaching but would need to:

  • Be well qualified or experienced in the subject you intend to teach
  • Find an employer who is willing to support you in working towards qualifications
  • Complete a teaching qualification within a set time frame.

You may also need to have a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). See the DBS website for more details.

If you wanted to qualify as a 'full' or 'associate' teacher you would then need to take further qualifications.

In Scotland visiting The General Teaching Council website may be helpful.

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