Training Manager

Job Description:

Training managers arrange and run training programmes in businesses and organisations.

Job Category:

What you will do:

As a training manager, you would:

  • Develop training plans and materials
  • Work with external providers to create specialist courses
  • Set up and monitor coaching and mentoring schemes
  • Manage and lead a training team
  • Assess the impact of training programmes
  • Write reports and keep records up to date


You’ll need:

  • Knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • Leadership skills
  • Business management skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • The ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • Customer service skills
  • To be flexible and open to change (adaptable)
  • The ability to learn through your work
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • A university course
  • A college course
  • An apprenticeship
  • Working towards this role
  • Applying directly
  • Specialist courses run by professional bodies

There is no set entry route to become a training manager but you may find it useful to do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • Business studies
  • Human resources management
  • Communications

You could take a college course to become a manager if you have some experience in training or teaching.

Courses include:

  • Diploma in Learning and Development
  • Certificate in Workforce Performance Development
  • Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

You could get into this role by doing the Learning and Development Consultant Higher Apprenticeship or the Senior People Professional Degree Apprenticeship.

You could start as a business administrator or training officer in a company’s human resources department and work your way up through training and promotion.

Direct Application
You could apply directly if you’ve got experience as a training officer. Most organisations will expect you to have an understanding of their industry.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 37-39 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/ weekends.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could:

  • Become a freelance trainer or coaching consultant
  • Move into human resources management
  • Teach in further education if you train more