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Community development worker

Alternative titles for this job include

Community development workers help people to improve the quality of life in their local area.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£36,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become

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How to become a community development worker

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering


This role is open to all graduates though you may find it useful to have a foundation degree or degree in:

  • community development
  • community studies
  • youth work
  • social sciences

Most community development courses include work placements to help you build up your experience.

Entry requirements

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

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You could take a college course, which may be useful when applying for a trainee development worker job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Community Development
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Social and Community Work

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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If you want to specialise in helping the community with health and wellbeing issues, you may be able to do a public health practitioner degree apprenticeship.

With this route, you could work for organisations like charities, the NHS or local authorities, helping people in communities to live long, healthy and happy lives.

Entry requirements

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

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A way in to this job is to volunteer for local projects. You'll usually receive some training on the job. You may also get the chance to take an introductory part-time college course in community work.

You'll need practical experience of working in the community. You can get this by:

  • volunteering with a local community group, tenants' association or charity
  • working in a related career like housing, regeneration, social work or youth work

Your experience and training as a volunteer could help you to find paid work.

You can find local volunteer opportunities through Do It and My Community.

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Career tips

Having relevant experience that shows your interest and commitment to this kind of work is very important when it comes to finding jobs.

Many people have experience of other professions before entering this role so you may have an advantage if you have previously worked in areas like teaching, youth work or community health.

Further information

You can get more details about working in community development from your local council and locality.

You can look for job opportunities on sites like:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • find out about the community's needs, problems and barriers
  • make sure local people take action and have their say
  • develop new opportunities and monitor existing projects
  • help to raise public awareness about community issues
  • build links with other groups and agencies
  • raise funds
  • recruit and train staff and volunteers
  • plan meetings and events
  • manage budgets
  • help groups to settle differences of opinion on local issues
  • do administrative work

Working environment

You could work in the community or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could specialise in a particular issue or broaden your experience and work with different issues or groups.

You could move into management, policy making, or work as a freelance trainer or consultant.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a community development worker right now.

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Courses In England

BTEC Certificate in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community

  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Great Yarmouth

Supporting Your Child's Development

  • Start date: 30 June 2022
  • Location: Spalding

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