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Training manager

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Training managers arrange and run training programmes in businesses and organisations.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become

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How to become a training manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


There is no set entry route to become a training manager but you may find it useful to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • business studies
  • human resources management
  • communications

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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You could take a college course to become a manager if you have some experience in training or teaching.

Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Learning and Development
  • Level 4 Certificate in Workforce Performance Development
  • Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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You could get into this role by doing the Learning and Development Consultant Higher Apprenticeship or the Senior People Professional Degree Apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could start as a business administrator or training officer in a company's human resources department and work your way up through training and promotion.

Direct Application

You could apply directly if you've got experience as a training officer. Most organisations will expect you to have an understanding of their industry.

Other Routes

You can study for professional qualifications in learning and development, either online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. You might find these useful when you apply for jobs.

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Career tips

You might find it useful if you have a background or experience:

  • teaching in schools
  • teaching in further education 
  • working as a skills assessor

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about working as a training manager from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • customer service skills
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to learn through your work
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a training manager, you would:

  • develop training plans and materials
  • work with external providers to create specialist courses
  • set up and monitor coaching and mentoring schemes
  • manage and lead a training team
  • assess the impact of training programmes
  • write reports and keep records up to date

Working environment

You could work at a training centre, at a conference centre or in an office.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • become a freelance trainer or coaching consultant
  • move into human resources management
  • teach in further education if you train more

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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