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.

Josh's career path

What to expect if you want to become a community development worker

A similar role to Josh's is a community development worker. Community development workers help people to improve the quality of life in their local area.

  • Community development worker officer salary: £16,000 to £36,000 per year
  • Community development work hours: Average 37 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a community development worker?

  • 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)

Discover more on the Prospects website about the role of a community development worker.

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