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Training Manager

The role

Training Managers coordinate and oversee a company’s training programmes. It is their responsibility to ensure that they equip staff with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for their jobs.

A Training Manager identifies the training needs of a company and designs a training plan accordingly. They will work with training providers to develop content within the course.

They’ll manage budgets and organise the production of materials to support in-house training. Depending on the size of the organisation they work for, they may also lead some of the training sessions.

Following a training course, a Training Manager will often assess the success of it. They can also have a hand in overseeing staff appraisals and highlighting options for further development.

Training Managers are usually based in an office, but may need to travel to different locations for particular courses.

How to become a Training Manager

Qualifications-wise, subjects that are useful in the career of a Training Manager are business studies or human resources to the level of a graduate or postgraduate degree. Different institutions have varying grade requirements, so it is best to check with them.

Training Managers often start off as Training Officers, gaining experience in the field before progressing onto management level. Training Officers without degrees can gain qualifications while working, through courses with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), for instance. Membership with the CIPD is valued by employers, and is consequently useful for a Training Manager to have.

Skills and knowledge required

  • Good people and communications skills
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent organisation and planning
  • The ability to encourage and influence people
  • Good presentation skills
  • The ability to manage budgets

Income

Starting salaries for a Training Manager are around £19,000, and can rise to £40,000 or above with experience.

Senior Training Managers and Directors can earn upwards of £50,000.

The hours

Hours are traditionally full-time hours from Monday to Friday, however there maybe some need for overtime and flexibility.

Useful websites

www.cipd.co.uk - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

www.lluk.org - Lifelong Learning UK

www.ento.org - European Network of Training Organisations for Local and Regional Authorities

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