Salaries for education technicians in further education will vary depending on experience and responsibilities, and whether the role is full time or part-time. According to the UK government, salaries for education technicians range between £15,000 and £28,500.
Such a gamut of salaries exists due to subject, geographical location and specific responsibilities, which may involve budgeting, and salaries may be on a pro-rata basis.
Supporting science, IT, art or design and technology teachers, education technicians are integral in organising materials and equipment for use in lessons. As a result, good organisational skills are usually preferred and experience in the specific subject will be a necessity. An understanding of safety requirements when working in design and technology, for example, will be preferred by a prospective employer.
Although teaching experience will likely not be essential for the role of an education technician, an appreciation of the requirements of further education will be required. The role has a focus on the technical and practical intricacies of lessons, which may well appeal to those who wish to showcase their skills on a day-to-day basis but do not want to have the responsibilities of a teacher.
Education technician posts will very likely be subject to two acceptable references, a medical health check, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure and signing an IT user policy.
London weighting may vary across colleges and may have been incorporated into the basic salary. The recommended London weighting for further education employees is £2,725 for inner, £1,790 for outer and £704 for fringe.
Further education offers flexible working hours with a permanent full-time role usually coming in at 37 hours per week, while a permanent part-time role may well take the form of a 0.5 job, which is 18.5 hours a week. The other option is a variable hours role, which would be based around the teaching schedule and pay will be hourly.
The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education currently has an apprenticeship standard for Education Technician in the pipeline with a proposal approved for this in 2018. The apprenticeship will be a Level 3. Involved in the creation of the standard are: the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Chichester, Liverpool John Moores, Newcastle, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton Solent and Staffordshire.
The role of education technician presents a number of potential career paths, including senior technician, team leader technician, laboratory/studio manager and teacher.
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