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Education and Teaching

Teaching is one of the most rewarding career paths to follow - using your knowledge to empower people can be life-changing for both the student and the teacher. With more businesses looking to upskill their staff, there are now more opportunities than ever in the Education and Teaching sector.

So, whether you want a more traditional, classroom-based role, or want to work with organisations in a training and staff development capacity, there are plenty of ways in which you can share your knowledge and improve lives. If you’re looking to enter the Education and Teaching sector, we can help.


Here are some of the typical job opportunities within Education and Teaching, and how you can make your first steps within the sector.

One of the more traditional roles associated with the Education and Teaching Sector, a School Teacher develops a curriculum and delivers this to their students, who can vary in age. They then track the progress of said students and create reports on the students’ progress.

This role works with companies to help increase their productivity by teaching new skills and knowledge to employees through webinars, seminars, presentations and lectures. No two days will be the same, and working in this role would allow you to assist several different companies across the course of your career.

Education Consultants use their experience in learning, teaching and assessment to help develop their curriculum, or work with organisations and learners to identify and support their specialist needs. The work is varied as you can be a generalist or can specialise in one particular area. They can work for large, medium or small businesses, be self-employed or work as a freelancer.

This role increases the mental health support that young people get, in an environment that is well-known to them. They’ll work with both primary and secondary schools or further education colleges, offering interventions to children and young people with mental health difficulties, such as depression and anxiety.

Qualifications and Training

There are a wide range of teaching and learning qualifications available to the residents of Greater Manchester. Read on to learn more about what options are open to you.

An apprenticeship allows you to “learn while you earn” and can work best for people wanting to try a new career or who feel they are practical learners. A common misconception about apprenticeships is that they are mainly for school leavers- apprenticeships are for people of all ages and are a great way to restart your career, change your career, or progress in your current career. Apprenticeships include:

  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Early Years Educator
  • Learning Mentor
  • Children, Young People and Families

There are a wide range of adult courses available across Greater Manchester. These courses have a range of levels, meaning you can boost your skill set, or go for a full qualification in an area that interests you. Courses include:

  • Preparing to work in schools.
  • Safeguarding in a learning environment.
  • Principles of working with individuals with learning difficulties.
  • Understanding behaviour that challenges.
  • Early years practitioner.
  • Supporting teaching and learning in schools.

If you would like to study for a university-level degree but don’t have the traditional qualifications, Access to Higher Education courses could help you to achieve your goal. There are a variety of resources available to you to help you achieve. The most popular qualifications include:

  • Access to Higher Education in Teaching Professions
  • Access to Higher Education in Primary Teaching

Considering university, or a degree-level course? Higher education is the route you’d be going down- whether you’d be looking to study full-time, or if a more flexible approach would work for you, there are plenty of options available. If you’re looking to increase your skill set, there are a wide variety of options open to you- to learn more about how you can achieve in Greater Manchester. Courses include:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary Education
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Secondary Education
  • BA (Hons) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Linguistics
  • BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies.
  • BA (Hons) Education.
  • PgCert National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.

Progressing in your career

Whether you are looking to develop in your current role, or looking to take the next steps in your career there is a variety of training and pathways you can consider.

They’re specific to the industry and teach you the practical skills and knowledge you need for the role you want.

You could also do an apprenticeship to help you progress; they’re available for new and existing staff of any age.

There are plenty of opportunities to do additional training at work and this could include classroom-based training, e-learning or on-the-job training.

There are a variety of pathways available if you are looking to progress within the education and teaching sector. 

Getting started

  • Teaching/Classroom Assistant

Enhancing your skills

  • Teacher
  • Private Tutor

Managing others

  • Head of Department
  • Assistant Head/Principal
  • Deputy Head Teacher/Principal
  • Head Teacher/Principal

Core functions

Want to work in Education and Teaching but the traditional avenues aren’t for you? There are also a wide range of roles that utilise different skill sets to support teaching staff and make a positive difference.

There are many exciting options in the accounting profession, as you can work in a variety of industries, including in schools, colleges and universities. Accounting pays well and offers opportunities to progress.

Business administration is a fast-paced job with opportunities to advance and work in a range of sectors and businesses – including in an education and training capacity. It’s also a professional route that may lead to lots of options if you decide to move into another business sector later in life.

HR professionals’ day-to-day responsibilities are to ensure employee wellbeing and happiness. A well-trained and organised HR department is at the heart of any educational establishment and is essential for maintaining a motivated and productive workforce.

As technology advances, so too do the possibilities for more effective marketing. There’s a variety of professional options to select from, whether you want to get into management, analytics, product design, or brand management to name but a few. Colleges and universities will have their marketing teams and will be on the lookout for fresh talent.

As an IT professional, you will develop the skills to support internal and external customers (such as students, teachers and e-learning providers), helping them to be productive by problem-solving and troubleshooting non-routine issues.

How do I get started?

To get started in a career in Education and Teaching, enthusiasm and drive will be important. Teaching is a very involved job and will require dedication. To get started, consider enrolling on a teaching course with this initial qualification and experience will get the ball rolling, and our careers advisors and mentors will be able to help you find the right starting role for you.

What skills do I need?

As mentioned above, you must be actively invested and interested in supporting other people, potentially individuals who will be younger than you. You may have to work with vulnerable adults or individuals who will require more support. You will be actively responsible for helping other people to reach their learning goals.

In terms of transitional skills, people skills are a must. People service skills learned through retail or customer service roles can be very helpful, as a lot of Education and Teaching roles will have you working with several other individuals who you will need to communicate effectively with, to help them reach their full potential.

What initial roles could I do?

The initial roles that would get you the experience you’d need would be as Teaching Assistant or Classroom Assistant. These roles will give you valuable experience in the Education and Teaching field, while also helping you to brush up on your people skills. It will also let you see if teaching is for you before you invest more of your life into it. Roles typically exist across schools and age groups.

Next steps

The world of Education and Teaching is broad, and actively makes other people’s lives better. If this sounds right for your career, look through the Employ GM website today for apprenticeship opportunities and courses in the field.