Education

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The education sector is made up of a variety of levels of education: primary, secondary, further and higher education. The main employers in this sector are universities, schools, colleges and independent training organisations.

Most careers in the sector are for some aspect of teaching, there are lots of other jobs that you could do, take a look below. Leading employers in Greater Manchester include, Assessment and Qualifications Alliance, Bolton College, Bury College, Royal Northern School of Music, Schools, Stockport College, The Manchester College, Wigan & Leigh College and Greater Manchester’s universities - The University of Manchester, University of Salford, The University of Bolton & Manchester Metropolitan University.

Example jobs available in this sector

Job Description

Careers advisers use a variety of techniques whilst talking to people about their interests and skills to help them to understand what they may wish to do for their career. They help and guide people to make decisions and provide mechanisms and plans to support them to get there.

Advisers are likely to have knowledge of the local and national industry and skills needed, they will develop relationships with institutions such as employers, colleges, universities and training providers.


Salary Range

£18,000 - £35,000

Working environment

You could work in a contact centre, in an education setting such as a university, college or school.

Hours

35 - 40 hours a week

Opportunities

Careers advisers can work with different age groups, from young people at secondary school or college, to university students and event adults who are in the middle of their careers. You could work in an education setting, or you could work for a private company. Some careers advisers set up their own businesses and consultancies.

Job Description

Education technicians provide support to departments such as art, D&T, science and IT. They ensure that all equipment, materials and resources are in place and fully functioning for lessons. Most technicians need knowledge of computer systems and or media production depending on which department they work in.


Salary Range

£15,000 - £28,500

Working environment

You could work in any education setting from a school, to college or a university.

Hours

40 to 42 Hours per week (usually term time and could include some evening/weekend work)

Opportunities

Technicians can progress to senior roles, supporting other technicians within the department. They may wish to become a teacher, or progress into a research role.

Job Description

School business managers are very senior figures within their organisation. They are responsible for the day-to-day and strategic running of a school. Business managers also pay salaries, recruit and manage staff, oversee goods and supplier contracts, plan and control the budget and advise the head teacher and governors on financial policy.


Salary Range

£25,000 - £65,000

Working environment

It is very likely that you’ll be based at a school or college.

Hours

Varied but minimum 35 hours per week with evenings and events

Opportunities

Business managers could potentially move into a larger school or college, work for a multi academy trust or work for a local authority.

Job Description

British Sign Language (BSL) teachers teach sign language to children, young people and adults, and teach other subjects using sign language.


Salary Range

Varied

Working environment

It is very likely that you’ll be based at a school or college.

Hours

Varied but could include evenings and weekends.

Opportunities

British Sign Language (BSL) teachers could become a co-ordinator of other BSL teachers, they could also support their students into workplace opportunities and employment by developing partnerships with employers and businesses. You could teach others to become BSL teachers, or set up your own BSL teacher agency, supplying teachers who have BSL skills.

Job Description

Secondary school teachers teach children from 11 to 16, or up to 19 in schools with sixth forms. They plan engaging lessons and prepare teaching materials, teach whole class lessons, mark and assess pupils' work, provide a safe and healthy environment and follow safeguarding procedures. Teachers support the learning and progression for pupils in their classes and talk to parents and carers about their children's progress.


Salary Range

£24,373 - £40,490

Working environment

You could work at a school, at a college, at a pupil referral unit or at a special needs school. Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Hours

37 to 40 term time, including evenings and maybe weekends

Opportunities

Secondary teachers can take on additional responsibilities, departmental and careers leadership, or pastoral support. With experience, you could become a specialist leader of education, supporting teachers in other schools. You could also be a curriculum leader, head of year, deputy head or headteacher. Teachers can also work in an educational role in a museum, local authority or government or as tutor.

What to expect from this sector in the next 10 years

Greater Manchester has 300 schools, 9 further education colleges, eleven sixth form colleges, over 50 work-based learning providers and five higher education institutions Education organisations and businesses employ approximately 100,000 people and £3.6bn for Greater Manchester’s economy. Manchester has the largest student population in the country.

The sector is diverse – from childcare workers, to driving tutors, to university professors. The largest single employer is Manchester University with 9,000 staff at its two campuses, but there are just over 2,000 organisations and businesses engaged in education across Greater Manchester.

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