Training managers organise and manage training programmes within an organisation in order to ensure that people gain and develop the skills needed to enable them to carry out their jobs effectively.
They devise and co-ordinate training programmes which address the organisation's current and future needs. In smaller organisations they may also carry out training.
The work involves liaising with other managers to identify training needs, and drawing up an overall training plan to meet these within budgetary constraints. They work with training providers to develop suitable course content, and evaluate the success of individual training and the overall programme.
Training managers will also be involved in the ongoing development of staff to enable them to maintain appropriate skills and motivation and to fulfil their potential within the organisation. This will include managing regular staff appraisals and reviews.
Working hours are usually 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. More flexible hours may sometimes be required, perhaps to cover residential courses or workshops, or if a shift system is in operation.
Training managers are office-based, but may be expected to travel between company sites or to training venues, such as hotels or conference centres.
To be a training manager you should:
Training managers work for a variety of employers. These include banks, local authorities, central government, the health service, hotels, retail organisations and manufacturing industries. Smaller companies are less likely to have in-house training departments. Some work for commercial training providers that run courses for other organisations.
There are opportunities throughout the country and abroad. Competition for jobs is fairly intense.
It may be possible to become a freelance trainer or consultant. Since there is a growing tendency for companies to bring in outside experts, opportunities for freelance trainers are increasing.
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