Is Education Support right for you?
Education support is a broad term in the education industry. The overall main responsibilities of an education support individual are to assist the main educator in completing their requests and provide a duty of care to children.
Every learning institution requires education support staff in some form, whether it be aiding teaching personnel or coordinating specialised areas of interest to others.
It goes without saying you must enjoy working with children working in education support if you end up aiding a teacher. If adolencents get on your nerves then a career in education support is probably not right for you as you will be working alongside kids daily.
As well as being able to build good relationships with children, teachers, parents and carers, education support people must also be creative, passionate and have buckets of energy to keep up with their duties in this dynamic role. You could be job hopping working one on one with children one minute then aiding the teacher and working in groups the next. You need to have the stamina to keep up with the fast pace in a classroom.
Being employed in education support you must demonstrate being able to work in a team and be a team player yourself. You and the teacher need to perform together to keep order in the classroom and stay on track with the teaching plan.
If you're thinking about a career in education support, here is a few figures and facts to get you excited from the Australian Government Job Outlook Initiative:
- This is a very large occupation employing 92,800 workers. The number of workers has grown strongly over the past 5 years.
- Average earnings for full-time workers are around $927 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 33.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours)
- Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow very strongly to 114,700. Around 91,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
Types of Courses
There are a variety of short courses in education support available. They are offered in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and vary in length to complete. Qualifications can be taken online but a certain amount of work placement is expected in accomplishing most certificates. Whether you are just starting out or looking to further your education, a short course is a great way to learn valuable skills in the education industry.
Here is a brief overview with a short explanation of what’s available in education support courses, Australia wide today.
Certificate III in Education Support
This qualification is over 1 year and reflects individuals working in a variety of educational environments, including public and private schools and community education settings, providing aid and support to teaching staff and students under a broad range of supervision.
Certificate IV in Education Support
This certificate is one year and provides you with the knowledge and experience of working in a classroom setting providing support to the teacher in private and public schools with little or no supervision.
A career in education support could see you touch the lives of youngsters across the world or become an asset in a company environment. Here are some potential job titles to consider:
- Education Support Worker
- Education Officer
- Special Needs Support Worker
- Teacher's Aide
- Teaching Assistant
- Education Assistant
- Learning Support Assistant
- Special Needs School Assistant
- Child Care Assistant
- Outside School Hours Aide
- Pre-school Assistant