Education aides assist teachers with the supervision and support of students and the delivery of learning programmes. They also provide support and assistance to students with special needs, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities, or behavioural issues.
You can work as an education aide without formal qualifications, but employers usually require Year 10. You will probably get some informal training on the job. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in education support. Some courses provide training in specific education areas such as science, food or information technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Education aides may perform the following tasks:
Education aides are employed in primary and secondary schools and colleges. The hiring of support staff is usually done by the schoolâ€™s principal. Jobs may be full time or part time.
An aboriginal/torres strait islander education worker provides assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and liaises with educational bodies, government agencies and committees.
An education aide - auslan provides assistance to deaf and hard of hearing students and facilitates communication between teachers, other staff members, and hearing students.
An education aide - braille provides assistance to blind or vision-impaired students and facilitates communication between teachers and other staff members.