A job in learning and development involves the design, creation and implementation of training courses for large employers or education providers.
There are several routes to becoming a training and development professional. The most common way for people to find employment in this sector is by excelling in their chosen profession. Those who can demonstrate in-depth knowledge and a track-record of achievement will often make excellent trainers. There are some formal qualifications in training, and many companies offer in-house courses that help people to develop presentational skills. However, the majority of employers and recruitment agencies are more concerned with a demonstrable history if delivering quality training to staff.
Most multinational firms have dedicated training departments, as the development of personnel is seen as key to long-term success. Companies in the manufacturing and services industries need to constantly upgrade the skills of their workforce, so trainers and coaches spend a lot of time in the classroom where they deliver vocational training. Most applicants will be using Microsoft Office packages, so an understanding of these is often essential.
An entry level training officer can expect a salary of between £18,000 and £25,000, but those responsible for national training strategies should expect to receive at least £40,000 per year.