What does a Training Instructor do?
Training instructors help people to acquire and develop
the skills needed to carry out their jobs.
Training could cover:
- practical and technical
skills, such as machine operation IT skills
- people-based skills, such as customer service
- personal development, such as assertiveness or
- management skills, such as
conducting appraisals and managing performance.
Instructors use a variety of methods, including
practical demonstration, coaching or mentoring,
classroom-based teaching, videos and role play.
They plan the training, ensuring that appropriate
resources are available, book a venue and organise
refreshments if necessary, and consider any health and
Instructors are also often
involved in assessing the performance of trainees,
especially if they are working towards qualifications such
as NVQs/SVQs. They will need to keep records of
trainees' progress and follow the requirements of
Instructors may work with
line managers, training managers and human
resources/personnel departments in order to ensure
that training needs are addressed and that training
meets the requirements of the organisation.
What's the working environment like working as a Training Instructor?
Training instructors usually work between 37 and 40
hours a week, Monday to Friday. They may have to work
outside normal office hours, to fit in with shift patterns.
Work location depends on the skills being
taught. Instructors may spend time in an office, at a
customer reception area, in the sales area of a shop,
outside, or in a factory or workshop.
working for national organisations may have to travel to
sites all over the country, and may need to stay away
from home overnight.
What does it take to become a Training Instructor?
To be a training instructor you should:
- be very
skilled and knowledgeable in the subject you teach
- be able to communicate clearly and demonstrate
skills and methods accurately
- be able to
- understand how people learn
and be sensitive to trainees’ problems
patient and tactful
- be aware of health and
- be willing to keep up with
developments in your trade or profession
- be a
good performer - training can involve making
presentations interesting or entertaining.
Training Instructor Career Opportunities
Training instructors may work within a company, training
staff in a variety of practical, service and technical skills,
or for a training consultancy providing training services
to a number of different organisations. They may also be
employed by local councils or for organisations such as
the Armed Forces, the Prison Service, or the police.
College or specialised training organisations also
employ training instructors. Some instructors are self-
Demand for instructors is increasing
as the Government are actively promoting lifelong
learning and companies aim to achieve awards such as
Investors in People.
Promotion to training
officer, manager or consultant may be possible.
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