Community development is an approach to achieving social change. You can help those suffering from disadvantage and social injustice and improve the lives of vulnerable people in our communities. If you're looking for regular training and growth in a diverse sector, this is the apprenticeship for you.

Help individuals, families or whole communities to address inequalities and have their say. You might help homeless teenagers find accommodation, help students with physical or behavioural support needs or raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community.

There's a wide range of jobs available to you upon completion of this apprenticeship with plenty of scope for progression.

What's the qualification?

You'll gain a Modern Apprenticeship qualification at either SCQF level 5 or SCQF level 6.

It includes:

  • SVQ in Community Development
  • Optional units which may be of interest and may be beneficial 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

To achieve your qualification, you’ll be assessed during work. You’ll learn how to:

  • Relate to different communities
  • Promote and support relationships between communities and public bodies
  • Support inclusive and collective working
  • Monitor and evaluate community development activities

Your apprenticeship will also help you to develop the following core skills:  

  • Communication 
  • Working with others 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Numeracy

These skills are transferable and will help your chances of getting a job in a variety of roles and sectors.

Where could it take me?

Your Modern Apprenticeship gives you lots of options. You could further your education through another apprenticeship or work in community development full time.   

Further study: By completing your Modern Apprenticeship you could go on to study for an HNC in working with communities or it could support your application to a degree in community education with youth work. 

Straight to work: Use the knowledge you’ve gained to get a job such as:

  • Community activist
  • Community centre worker (including running community facilities and running community groups)
  • Outreach and/or support worker
  • ESOL tutor
  • Family learning worker
  • Education coordinator

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this apprenticeship but an interest in helping people would be beneficial.


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete. 

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