Wirral Met College is holding an open event to find out more about switching from being a tradesperson to becoming a teacher.

In a world where skilled trades are in high demand, there's a growing need for experienced tradespeople to consider a shift in their careers toward teaching.

Retraining as a tutor in further education, not only allows tradespeople to pass on their invaluable skills to the next generation but also offers a host of personal and professional benefits.

Wirral Met College currently have a range of construction tutor vacancies across a number of trades, based at their award-winning Wirral Waters campus.

If you’re considering taking the next step in your career, here are five compelling reasons why making the switch to teaching could be a rewarding path for you.

1. You don’t need a degree

Teaching a trade in further education colleges does not require a formal degree or extensive teaching qualifications. Instead, hands-on experience and industry knowledge are highly valued credentials for entering the field of vocational education.

Wirral Met College provides paid, on the job teacher training to ensure you have the necessary teaching skills and confidence to make this change in your career.

2. Better work/life balance

Becoming a teacher can offer a welcome change in lifestyle, providing a more structured and predictable routine compared to working within industry. College tutors enjoy regular working hours, weekends off, extended holiday entitlement of up to 9.8 weeks and family friendly policies.

This improved work/life balance allows individuals to pursue their passion for their trade while also having time to spend with family and enjoy a life outside of work.

3. Futureproof your career

Teaching is not dependent on weather, site conditions or contracts and offers continuity and security in your career.

You’ll also get access to a teacher's pension with employer contributions of around 23%, offering financial reassurance for the future.

4. Contributing to the future of the industry

The shortage of skilled tradespeople is a pressing issue in many industries in the UK, leading to a significant gap in the number of qualified workers available to fill essential roles.

By becoming a college tutor, tradespeople can directly address this shortage by imparting their knowledge and expertise to a new generation, helping to shape the future of your industry.

5. Teaching is rewarding

Teaching offers the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of others. Plastering tutor, Derek Whorton, emphasised the rewards of teaching, saying, "If you really think that you've got something that you can give back after all of your years of being in trade and industry, make that choice and do it because it really is rewarding."

Do you have the tools to teach?

If you believe teaching could be the next step in your career within construction, Wirral Met College is hosting a construction tutor recruitment event on Wednesday March 20 from 6pm to 8pm at their Wirral Waters Campus. Secure your place at Tools to Teach - Construction Recruitment Evening (

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