Training Instructor Careers

How to become Training Instructor

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 time management
  • 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 safety implications.

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 awarding bodies.

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.

Those 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 motivate trainees
  • understand how people learn and be sensitive to trainees’ problems
  • be patient and tactful
  • be aware of health and safety risks
  • 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- employed.

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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Training Instructor that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
151 The Broadway
SW19 1JQ
Tel: 020 8612 6200

4th Floor
Kimberley House
47 Vaughan Way
Tel: 0116 251 7979

Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) (formerly FENTO)
5th Floor
St Andrews House
18-20 St Andrew Street
Helpline: 020 7936 5798

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