Teachers aides work mostly indoors in classrooms, libraries and other buildings in public and private schools, although they may also accompany school classes on field trips or outdoor activities. They often work part-time, but may also be employed on an ongoing basis, and they work within school hours, between 8am and 4pm. During their work they meet and connect with children, parents, teachers and other members of school staff. Teacher's aide work is more prevalent in pre-primary and primary education, however opportunities may also be available in secondary education for students with special needs.
On average, teachers’ aides, classified under education aides, can expect to earn up to $799 per week ($41 599 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience.
Teachers' aides are often required to make copies of education resources, and may need to be familiar with photocopying equipment. They may also need to be familiar with word processing and other computer programs.
To become a teachers’ aide, you usually need to complete a formal qualification in education support.
The Certificate III and Certificate IV in Education Support are available from TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also complete a traineeship. The education assistant, Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant, education officer, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education officer traineeships usually take 12 months to complete.
To work in schools in Western Australia, you need to hold a current Working With Children Check issued by the Department of Community Services, and undergo a National Police History Check conducted by the Department of Education Screening Unit. Contact the Department of Education for more information.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.