- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- the ability to work on your own
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- carrying out skills assessments
- talking to students about what they want to achieve
- designing learning plans to suit the needs and abilities of students
- preparing teaching materials
- using a range of resources like worksheets and computer packages
- delivering individual and group teaching sessions
- keeping records
- guiding and supporting learning support assistants and volunteers
You could work in the community, at a training centre or at an adult education centre.
There may be opportunities to move into more senior roles like head of department, or to train other teachers.
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You can find out more about becoming a skills for life teacher from:FE Advice; The Education & Training Foundation; Get into Teaching