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Further Education (FE) instructors, assessors and tutors teach construction skills and theory to adults and young people over the age of 16.

Average salaries are in the region of £23,000.00 to £80,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Further Education (FE) instructors, assessors and tutors teach construction skills and theory to adults and young people over the age of 16. 

What they do

They work with young people aged between 14 and 16 who are studying work-related subjects. Job titles include:

  • Head of department
  • Senior lecturer
  • Team leader
  • Curriculum leader
  • Lecturer
  • Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Internal verifier 

FE tutors work in a variety of very different settings, ranging from colleges and community centres to prisons and the armed forces. They teach a wide variety of courses that prepare students for a career in construction. These often lead to qualifications such as City and Guilds or BTEC.

Typical duties include:

  • Preparing and planning lectures, skills training, tutorials and seminars for students
  • Keeping records in order to monitor and assess students  
  • Developing new courses and teaching materials
  • Going to meetings and on courses
  • Interviewing prospective students and helping others with their problems
  • Supervising practical work, work placements or field trips
  • Assessing work-based skills
  • Designing and testing teaching materials
  • Teaching a range of levels, subjects, exams and types of learner
  • Supervising more junior members of staff 

Some tutors teach full time, others teach part time (day or evening) or day release courses. Travel is sometimes part of the job when taking students on field trips or assessing them in the workplace.

Hours & Salary:

  • Fully qualified FE tutors can earn from £23,000 to £35,000 a year (salaries are usually higher in London)
  • Advanced skills tutors can earn from £35,000 to just under £40,000 and FE tutors in leadership and management jobs can earn between £35,000 and £80,000 or more
  • Tutors usually work up to 37 hours a week, spending 25 of these teaching

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.


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Case Study

I instruct candidates in underground operations, how to operate tunnel LOCOs safely and effectively, and guide apprentices though their coursework.

How did you get started?

With the advent of the Crossrail project I considered it a good time to move from the tunnel face to the classroom and pass on my experience and knowledge to others, starting from within the industry.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Meeting with old colleagues from the tunnelling industry and passing on current practices to new interns.

What skills do you need?

Since I started at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) I have been given the opportunity to gain locational qualifications, which now compliment my experience and knowledge of the tunnelling industry.

Proudest moments?

My achievements since joining TUCA.

Big ambition?

Working within one of the major tunnelling contractors' training departments.

Any advice about joining the construction industry?

Anyone considering joining the construction or tunnelling industry will find it diverse, vibrant and rewarding with excellent career prospects.

Qualifications & Training

To be a qualified FE tutor you need at least a Level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach. For some academic subjects you also need a degree. You can take a short introductory course called the Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS).

Training for this career can be done either full or part time. If you want to do a part time course and are not already employed as a lecturer, you must arrange to do some teaching hours. This can be on a voluntary basis but many people find paid teaching work while they’re still training. 

If you don’t have a Level 3 qualification you can qualify while you’re teaching. That’s if you’re well qualified or experienced in your subject, can find an employer willing to help you and complete a teaching qualification within a set time.

You may also need to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance. See the government website for more information.

FE teacher training is currently under review. Existing qualifications will still be valid as new ones are being developed. 

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