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Adult Education Organiser Profile

Adult Education Organiser Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Adult Education Organiser. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Adult Education Organiser
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Adult Education Organiser Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

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:

  • advertising for, interviewing and appointing tutors
  • organising suitable venues and times for classes
  • planning, printing, advertising and distributing course information
  • advising and guiding people who are trying to decide which courses to take, both in person and by telephone
  • running enrolment evenings
  • visiting classes to make sure that the programme is going as planned
  • controlling the budget for adult education and bidding for more funding
  • administrative work (they may have an assistant to help with this task).

Many adult education organisers combine their work with teaching adult classes part-time. Some of their time is also spent going to meetings, on training courses and keeping up to date with lifelong learning developments.

Hours and Environment

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.

Skills and Interests

To be an adult education organiser you should:

  • have experience of working with adults
  • be committed to lifelong learning
  • have some knowledge of a range of academic and practical subjects in order to advise students and choose suitable tutors
  • understand the education and qualification system
  • have good planning and organising skills
  • be able to communicate with a wide range of people
  • have good administrative and numerical skills.
  • A driving licence is usually needed.


There are no set entry requirements for this work, and no upper age limit. However, you would normally need a qualification in teaching adults, and experience of adult teaching. Many adult education organisers also have a degree.

Adult education organisers usually transfer into this line of work from teaching. People sometimes become tutors after gaining a qualification in teaching adults. Some work for a qualification part-time after becoming tutors. The most common qualification for tutors is the City and Guilds Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate (7307/7407). Achieving this also gives you NVQs in Training and Development (Further and Adult Education Teachers) at Levels 3 and 4.


Organisers are trained while in post, possibly attending some short courses. Some study for a Certificate in Education (Further Education). Those with a degree may study for a postgraduate qualification in adult and continuing education. Several universities offer courses that last one year full-time or two to four years part-time.

Some adult education organisers in Scotland work towards a degree or postgraduate diploma in community education. Courses are offered part-time at colleges and universities for varying lengths of time. These cover adult education as well as youth and community work.


Adult education organisers in England and Wales work for a local education authority, a college of further education or an independently funded community organisation.

In Scotland they work for either 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.

Annual Income

There are no set pay scales for adult education organisers. These figures are intended as a guideline only.

Unqualified entrants may begin on around £11,700.
Entrants with an adult teaching qualification may earn around £17,000.
Experienced organisers may earn up to £23,000.

Further information:

PAULO - National Training Organisation for Community-based Learning *
4th Floor
Kimberley House
47 Vaughan Way
Tel: 0116 251 7979

Community Learning Scotland
Rosebery House
9 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5EZ
Tel: 0131 313 2488

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

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