How to become a neighbourhood warden
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take:
- a community safety adviser advanced apprenticeship
- an anti-social behaviour and community safety officer higher apprenticeship
To get onto an apprenticeship, you'll find it useful to have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could work your way into this role from other positions within housing associations, the local authority or security companies working for housing providers.
You could search Do-it for volunteering opportunities where you could develop the skills needed to get a job as a neighbourhood warden.
Opportunities may be offered by your local council or other organisations working with people with issues like homelessness, substance misuse, or anti-social behaviour.
You may not need any qualifications to become a neighbourhood warden, although some employers may prefer you to have a good general standard of education with GCSEs in English and maths, and experience of working with the public.
Employers will often focus on your personal qualities and people skills. It may be an advantage to have a clear understanding of the issues faced by the community you will be working in.
You'll usually have induction training, lasting around 12 weeks, while you get to know your area and the issues you might face.
You can find out more about becoming a neighbourhood warden from your local council.