IT trainer

IT trainers design and deliver computer courses.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends flexibly

How to become an IT trainer

You could get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • volunteering


You could do a relevant foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • computing
  • business
  • human resources
  • learning support

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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You could do a college course like a Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills.

A training qualification, like the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's Level 3 Award in Learning and Development, will improve your training skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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You could get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship as an IT application specialist.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Volunteering and experience

You could do voluntary teaching, for example helping students with disabilities to use IT and assistive technology. Volunteering experience could give you an advantage when you apply for jobs.

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Career tips

It may be helpful if you get the European Computer Driving Licence qualification. This teaches you the main computing skills for everyday work tasks.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • active listening skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • you will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • assessing training needs and agreeing learning aims
  • designing new training programmes or adapting existing ones
  • making training materials
  • managing the roll-out of new projects
  • delivering training programmes
  • assessing the training
  • giving feedback to learners and management
  • keeping records up to date
  • designing e-learning materials to support learners

Working environment

You could work in an office, at a training centre, at a college or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

You could progress to lead trainer, department manager, area training coordinator or become a freelance trainer or consultant.

You could also move into technical writing, project management, or work in other areas of IT, like e-learning development or publishing.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice IT Administrator

  • Wage : £157.25 Weekly
  • Location: Redditch B97 4AB

IT Support Apprentice

  • Wage : £138.75 Weekly
  • Location: Newcastle Under Lyme ST5 9QF

Courses In England


  • Provider: ADULT COLLEGE OF B & D
  • Start date: 25 February 2019
  • Location: Town


  • Start date: 05 March 2019

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