Training

Training officer

Training officers organise training for staff within organisations.

Annual Salary

£15,000 to £35,000

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

Working hours

35 to 40

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Training officer jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

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.

University

It can be useful to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • business studies
  • human resources management
  • communications

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, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Introductory Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

Apprenticeship

You may train by doing an advanced apprenticeship as a learning and development practitioner.

You'll usually need:

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

Other Routes

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.

You can take professional qualifications in learning and development to get into this job, either online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

£15,000 to £35,000

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

Experienced salary: £20,000 to £30,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

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.

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

You could also become a freelance trainer or consultant.

You can join the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

You can find out more about becoming a training officer from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are 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
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