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How to become Training Manager

What does a Training Manager do?

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Training Manager?

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.

What does it take to become a Training Manager?

To be a training manager you should:

  • be able to relate to staff at all levels
  • have excellent communication skills
  • be good at organising events such as workshops or courses
  • be able to plan ahead and manage time
  • be good at encouraging and motivating people
  • be good at influencing and negotiating
  • be skilled at writing reports and keeping records, including accounts and budget information
  • have good computer skills.

Training Manager Career Opportunities

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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Training Manager 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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