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Skills for life teacher Average UK Salary & Prospects

Skills for life teachers work with adults and sometimes 16 to 18-year-olds to improve their English and maths.

  • Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress, provide feedback, and make suggestions for improvement.  
  • Present lectures and conduct discussions to increase students' knowledge and competence using visual aids, such as graphs, charts, videotapes, and slides.  
  • Supervise and monitor students' use of tools and equipment.  
  • Administer oral, written,
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Skills for life teachers typically work around 35 to 37 hours per week.

As a Skills for life teacher you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants,
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    28,753 GBP *
    per year
    19,000 GBP
    27,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Skills for life teacher

    Men make 17% more than Women
    35% of Skills for life teachers are men
    • 32,445 GBP
    • 27,026 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Skills for life teacher
    Average salary for full-time Skills for life teacher

    • 9,742 GBP
    • 10,248 GBP
    • 8,928 GBP
    • 28,753 GBP
    • 27,026 GBP
    • 32,445 GBP
    Pay over time for Skills for life teacher

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 27,776 GBP
    • 28,191 GBP
    • 28,028 GBP
    • 27,153 GBP
    • 27,813 GBP
    • 28,753 GBP

    Future outlook for Skills for life teachers

    Very good outlook
    106 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    27% chance of automation in the future

    Skills for life teacher - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Skills for life teacher and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 42% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
    • 20% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 16% of people in this role have a post-secondary qualification such as a Higher National Diploma

    You'll need a recognised teaching qualification or be willing to work towards one. Examples include:

    • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
    • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
    • Level 5 Education and Training Diploma - need access to 100 hours of teaching practice

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Skills for life teacher

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    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Skills for life teacher.
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Instructing Teaching others how to do something
    Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
    Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Skills for life teacher. Check that you know:
    Computer based training software Blackboard Learn; Desire2Learn; Learning management system LMS; Sakai CLE
    Data base user interface and query software Blackboard; Career management systems CMS; Data entry software
    Electronic mail software Email software; Microsoft Outlook
    Information retrieval or search software DOC Cop; iParadigms Turnitin
    Word processing software Collaborative editing software; Google Docs
    Improve your skills today

    Teacher Training

    Things to highlight for your Skills for life teacher interview

    Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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