How to become a community cohesion officer: Josh's story
Meet Josh, 24, from Norwich to find out more about life as a community cohesion officer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.
I’m very fortunate to be doing an incredible job that makes a difference in the community.
- Josh grew up in Norwich and wanted to become involved in sports but quickly realised it wasn't the career path for him
- Josh left school with two GCSEs so he looked into what he could potentially do with a limited amount of GCSEs
- A college careers adviser introduced him to a BTEC course in Public Services
- He loved the subject and decided to go to university where he gained a degree in Leadership in the Public Sector and then a master's degree in Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security
- After gaining some work experience he secured a job for Trafford Council in Manchester where his team work to prevent hateful extremism and promote unity in the local community.
What to expect if you want to be a community cohesion officer
- Community cohesion officer salary: £16,000 to £36,000 per year
- Community cohesion officer working hours: Average 37 hours per week
- Typical entry requirements: You could do a course in community development at college or university like Josh, but this isn’t essential. You’ll need paid or unpaid experience of working in the community or voluntary sector, gained from: volunteering in a local community group or charity or working in a related career like housing, regeneration, social work, youth work or teaching. You could also get into this job through an advanced level apprenticeship.
\ You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)