Training officer

Alternative titles for this job include Training and development officer

Training officers plan and run courses and workshops for staff within organisations.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends attending events or appointments

How to become a training officer

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

University

It can be 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 for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Introductory Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

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Apprenticeship

You may train by doing an advanced apprenticeship as a learning and development practitioner.

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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Work

You could start as an assistant in a human resources or training department and work your way up.

Direct application

You can apply directly to employers or set up your own training company. Experience in training or teaching will be helpful.

Other routes

You can take professional qualifications in learning and development to get into this job, either online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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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 becoming a training officer from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • identifying individual and organisational training needs through staff appraisals and meetings with managers
  • designing, delivering and assessing training programmes
  • creating training materials
  • monitoring trainees' progress
  • developing appraisal schemes to match organisation needs
  • making sure training is cost-effective and within budget

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior training officer or training manager.

You could also become a freelance trainer or consultant.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 3 Learning & Development Apprenticeship Programme

  • Wage : £15,500.00 Annually
  • Location: KT1 2BA

Learning and Development Co-ordinator Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £16,640.00 Annually
  • Location: BD4 8JP

Courses In England

Award in Education and Training Level 3 (Formerly PTLLS)

  • Provider: WKCIC GROUP
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Enfield

VTCT Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)

  • Provider: L&F INSPIRED HAIR ACADEMY LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 April 2019
  • Location: Highbridge

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