How to become an IT trainer

You could get into this job through:

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

University

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

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College

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), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can complete a learning and skills teacher higher apprenticeship.

You'll need a qualification in the subject you want to teach. Employers will be looking for relevant up-to-date industry experience.

You'll also need to show ability in English, maths and IT.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Volunteering

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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • assessing training needs and agreeing learning aims
  • designing new training programmes or adapting existing ones
  • creating training materials
  • managing the roll-out of new projects
  • teaching IT skills
  • assessing training
  • giving feedback to learners and management
  • keeping records up to date
  • designing e-learning resources for online 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 become a lead trainer, department manager, area training co-ordinator or 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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Art Tutor

  • Wage: £210.00 Weekly
  • Location: London

Learning & Skills Teacher Apprentice

  • Wage: £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: Wolverhampton

Courses In England

IT: User Skills Level 2

  • Provider: THURROCK COUNCIL
  • Start date: 04 November 2020
  • Location: Grays

IT User Skills - Level 2 Award (ECDL)

  • Provider: THE WKCIC GROUP
  • Start date: 01 February 2021
  • Location: LONDON

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