Becoming an Au Pair is a cheap way to spend some time abroad and to study a local language on a part-time basis.
Au Pair posts in families are usually intended for young girls aged between 18-27.
An au pair should expect to do light housework such as cleaning, dusting, shopping and taking care of the children in return for lodgings, board and pocket money. The status of the au pair is that of a family member and not a domestic.
Jobs may be advertised in local and national newspapers, and through specialist au pair recruitment agencies.
Although no academic qualifications are needed to become an au pair, a good standard of literacy and numeracy is often required. So it can be useful to have at least three or four GCSE's/S grades (A-C/1-3), preferably including English and maths.
Further qualifications might include:
There are numerous qualifications that au pairs can study for. Contact local colleges for details of courses and qualifications available locally.
Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and perform a variety of technical support functions to help scientists, technologists and others with their work. They can work in research and development, scientific analysis and testing, education and manufacturing.
They are employed in a wide range of scientific fields which affect almost every aspect of our lives.
An au pair should:
With qualifications and sufficient childcare experience individuals can set up their own childcare nurseries.
It may be possible to train for related careers such as teaching, lecturing and social work for people with the right qualifications.
There may even be opportunities to work abroad, in large hotels and holiday centres and on cruise ships.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)
15 Welbeck Street, London W1G 9XT
Tel: 020 7009 2100
International Au Pair Association,
Store Kongensgade 40 H,
DK-1264 Copenhagen K, Denmark
Tel: +45 3317 0066
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