How to become an education welfare officer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a degree in social and human sciences, social work or education.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You may be able to work as an assistant welfare officer with a local authority and do training on the job to qualify. For this you'll usually need:
- experience working with children or young people
- GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent
You can get experience of working with young people, which could help when you apply for jobs. Examples include mentoring and youth work.
You can find opportunities through Volunteering Matters.
You can apply directly to become an education welfare officer if you've got relevant experience and qualifications.
Employers usually look for people who have a background in:
- social work
- youth and community work
You'll find more details about working in education welfare through the education welfare service of your local council.