Advice on becoming a Training Manager
Designing, developing and running training schemes is at the heart of the job, but there’s budget management and report-writing to be done too. And appraisal work is a large part of the job – delivering training is one thing, but gaining feedback on its effectiveness is equally important.
IT, presentation, negotiation and people skills are vital, as is the ability to plan and effectively manage your time.
A relevant degree or post-grad qualification in business studies or HR will help you into the job, but previous experience in a training officer role really counts.
There are also NVQs to be had in training and support, learning and development and personnel and management, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development offers a number of professional qualifications that can be gained in-post through distance learning.
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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
A chartered mark available for Training and Development Officers/Managers, representing a key professional career development opportunity. The CIPD also offer training and networking events to help you get ahead as well as a useful section of how to improve your chances of getting that dream job, with CV help and interview questions.
International Professional Development Association
A UK-based but global-reaching organisation dedicated to supporting good practice, improving standards and exchanging information. Membership will see you copies of their research journal 5 times a year to help you to keep updated on the latest innovations, in addition to access to conferences and networking events.
American Society for Training and Development
Based in the US but essentially a global enterprise, the ASTD offer industry insights, business support and certification for career development. They also host a communities section aimed at bringing together professionals to exchange information, best practice guidelines and opinions, which can be useful for getting yourself acquainted with the basics and the best.