Adult education organisers, also known as community
education organisers, research and plan programmes of
evening or part-time courses.
They talk to groups and individuals in the community to find out what they want, and liaise with local course providers. Courses include formal programmes of learning (such as GCSEs and A levels, and in Scotland, S grades and H grades). They also include informal learning (such as courses that aim to develop confidence and learning skills).
Adult education organisers’ duties and responsibilities may include:
Adult education organisers can work full-time or part-
time. They almost certainly work during evenings, and
sometimes on Saturdays.
Organisers are usually based in an office in a school, college or local centre where courses are held. They may sometimes work from home. The job involves considerable travel locally to visit classes and go to meetings.
To be an adult education organiser you should:
Adult education organisers in England and Wales work
for a local education authority, a college of further
education or an independently funded community
In Scotland they work for the Community Education Service, an independently funded community organisation, a further education college or a higher education institution.
The number of adult education organisers is increasing and is likely to continue increasing as lifelong learning becomes established.
Promotion opportunities in adult education tend to be more limited than in further education and higher education. Adult education organisers may be able to transfer to teaching, educational guidance work or community development. They may move into an urban or rural regeneration project.
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