A Training Manager would typically oversee the organisation of training and most likely deliver training courses themselves.
It is very common for an individual to be promoted to a Training Manager after being a Training Officer for a period of time, which will give you the experience and skills needed to take the next step in becoming a Training Manager. Alternatively, individuals working as part of a training team – delivering training or coordinating training – could be promotable to the position of Training Manager.
Postgraduate courses in business studies, communications and Human Resources can also be good areas to gain qualifications in for entry into a training career. For those with experience in training, it may be useful to discuss with your employer going on a Personnel and Development course to gain the relevant management, training and communication skills. The website www.cipd.co.uk/qualificaitons will give you a list of qualifications that you could enrol in for this.
The individual in this role will be expected to engage with other managers in the organisation to identify training and development needs of teams and individuals, and identify criteria for the need to run a course; for example, if demand reaches a certain threshold of people.
The Training Manager would maintain training records, and work closely with external suppliers to deliver courses and develop any specialist courses needed. The Training Manager will usually have a budget for the year, and this will be actively managed and reported on throughout the year. The Training Manager will need to juggle the need for courses against budgetary limitations. The Training Manager would also work closely with suppliers to develop training materials.
The working hours would usually be a minimum of 35 hours per week Monday to Friday, although this would vary depending on the nature of the organisation. If a Training Manager was working for a company who catered for office workers, then weekend and evening courses may need to be available.
Skills and Training Development
A Training Manager will need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be very organised. Teamwork skills will also be needed because it is highly likely that this post will work with a number of managers and non-managers, so the person in this post will need to be able to relate to people of all backgrounds and all levels within the organisation.
As a training expert, the Training Manager will have access to the wide variety of training courses that are available and this will be an advantage when considering further professional development.
An individual new to the post of Training Manager can expect to earn £27,000 – £35,000 a year depending on the organisation. An experienced Training Manager can earn anything over £35,000 rising to over £40,000 for a Senior Training Manager.