How to become a community development worker
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You can become a community development worker if you have a foundation degree or degree in any subject.
You might find it useful to have a foundation degree or a degree in:
- community development
- community studies
- youth work
- social sciences
Most community development courses include work placements to help you build up your experience.
You'll usually need:
- at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
A college course may help you apply for a trainee development worker job.
You could take a level 2 or 3 certificate in community development or a level 4 higher national certificate in social and community work.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
If you want to help the community with health issues, you may be able to do a public health practitioner degree apprenticeship.
If you do this apprenticeship, you could work for organisations like charities, the NHS or local authorities. You'll help people in communities live long, healthy and happy lives.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Another way to become a community development worker is to volunteer for local projects. You'll usually receive some training. You may also get to take an introductory part time college course.
You can find opportunities working or volunteering:
- with a local community group, tenant association or charity
- in a related job in housing, regeneration, social work or youth work
It's important to have experience that shows you're interested in community work.
Many people have experience in other jobs before they become a community development worker. This means you may have an advantage if you've previously worked in areas like teaching, youth work or healthcare.
You can get more details about working in community development from locality.
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