Supporting construction tradesmen and engineers into careers in education

Looking for a construction or engineering job in education but don’t have a teaching qualification? – No problem!

We’ve been working with providers across the UK helping them fill their construction and engineering teaching and assessing roles for more than 20 years. The construction and engineering skills shortage means that it’s never been a better time to bring your industry experience to education! There are fantastic opportunities sector-wide for candidates – with great flexibility and attractive salaries on offer. Working across permanent, temporary, hourly, sessional or contract jobs; whatever your requirements we can help you take your career in a new path.

Forget Teaching Qualifications

The shortage of teaching staff in this area has seen more and more colleges and providers look outside of education – opting for hands-on experience over teaching qualifications. Often taking the candidate through the teaching qualification on the job!  What’s more, the recent demand for Apprenticeships and the creation of the End-Point Assessor job has provided EVEN more opportunity for experienced construction and engineering professionals to pass on their skills and earn! In fact – recent industry experience is essential to carry out the job.

Opportunities with a range of providers

We have relationships and partnerships with a range of organisations including colleges, training providers, end-point assessment organisations, universities, local authorities and charities – so we always have a fantastic variety of roles on offer. With jobs based in the workplace, on-site, in workshops and in the classroom – no matter what kind of environment you want to work in, we can help you find the position right for you.

We recruit for roles within construction and engineering including; end-point assessors (EPAs), lecturers, tutors, trainers, assessors, technicians, curriculum managers, heads of department and much more. Plus, our consultants have a vast amount of experience recruiting across the entire built environment curriculum, including multi-skilled, plumbing and gas, electrical installation, tiling, painting and decorating, maintenance, brickwork and other trowel trades, carpentry, woodwork, plastering, surveying and joinery, as well as engineering specialisms from mechanical, manufacturing and motor vehicle to electronic and civil engineering.

Which route into education is for me?

The education sector is changing – bringing with it lots of options for industry specialists looking to make the switch. Depending on your skills, qualifications and experience, you could be a college lecturer, end-point assessor, workplace trainer, specialist technician, or even a manager! Many providers will also support staff to undertake further qualifications – so your options could be more diverse than you realise.

Benefits of going from industry to further education

  • Ideally way to ‘Down tools’ and continue to work in your industry
  • Providers run some of the best state of the art facilities
  • You don’t ‘teach’ in the traditional sense – you are a mentor, trainer and/or tester of skills
  • Inspire the next generation by passing on your knowledge
  • You can work around your current job and top up your income if required
  • Gain new skills or completely re-shape your career

How to get started…

We know it can feel a bit alien going from one type of work to another, but we’re here to help. You can speak to one of our friendly recruitment specialists and they’ll take you through the whole process, providing advice and guidance every step of the way.

What you will need…

Most importantly you will need to have the passion and drive to make the change, plenty of experience in your chosen area of expertise and the willingness to taken on a teaching or assessing qualification if required.

The key things employers look for:
  • Preferably some experience of training; such as, mentoring, training new staff or working with an Apprentice
  • Hands-on recent experience in your area of work (especially relevant for End-Point Assessment work)
  • Industry qualifications
  • An up to date CV – you can download our handy CV template HERE to create one if you don’t have one yet

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Carpenter to curriculum manager - making the switch to education

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