Training

IT trainer

IT trainers design and teach computer courses.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £40,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

What's it all about?

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • assessing training needs and agreeing learning aims
  • designing new training programmes or adapting existing ones
  • creating training materials
  • managing the roll-out of new projects
  • teaching IT skills
  • assessing training
  • giving feedback to learners and management
  • keeping records up to date
  • designing e-learning resources for online learners

University

You could do a relevant foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • computing
  • business
  • human resources
  • learning support

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

College

You could do a college course like a Level 3 Certificate in IT User Skills.

A training qualification, like the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's Level 3 Award in Learning and Development, will improve your training skills.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

Apprenticeship

You can complete a learning and skills teacher higher apprenticeship.

You'll need a qualification in the subject you want to teach. Employers will be looking for relevant up-to-date industry experience.

You'll also need to show ability in English, maths and IT.

If you're new to computing, you could work towards this job by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as an IT application specialist.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

£20,000 to £40,000

Starter salary: £20,000

Experienced salary: £21,000 to £29,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. You may need to work evenings or weekends to meet client requirements.

You may work at several college sites and travel between them, or you may be based at one training centre full-time.

If you work for a private training company, your job is likely to involve local and regional travel. If you work for a large international organisation, you may also travel abroad.

You could progress to lead trainer, department manager, area training coordinator or become a freelance trainer or consultant.

You could also move into technical writing, project management, or work in other areas of IT, like e-learning development or publishing.

It may be helpful if you get the European Computer Driving Licence qualification. This teaches you the main computing skills for everyday work tasks.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • active listening skills
  • leadership skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

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