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Training officer Training and development officer

Training officers organise training for staff within organisations.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £15,000 to £35,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You could:

  • start as an assistant in a human resources (HR) or training department and work your way up
  • move into training from another job within an organisation and then study for training qualifications
  • get into this job through an apprenticeship
Although not essential, a degree in a subject that covers business studies, management, training or personnel might be helpful.

You could move into this job from teaching.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • the ability to work with staff at all levels
  • excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • organisational skills
  • planning and time management skills
  • presentation skills
  • the ability to encourage and motivate people
  • negotiating and influencing skills
  • the ability to write clear reports and keep accurate records
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • identifying individual and organisational training needs through staff appraisals and meetings with managers
  • designing, delivering and assessing training programmes
  • creating training materials
  • monitoring trainees’ progress
  • developing appraisal schemes to match organisation needs
  • making sure training is cost-effective and within budget
You could also be responsible for a particular area of work, like management development or health and safety.

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £20,000 (training assistant)

Experienced: £20,000 to £30,000

Highly Experienced: up to £35,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may work additional hours if you’re involved in residential courses, workshops, or if your organisation operates a shift system.

You’ll be office-based, but may travel between sites or to training venues like hotels or conference centres.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a senior training officer or training manager.

You could also become a freelance trainer or consultant.

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Last updated: 09 December 2016