Work based learning involves the acquisition of recognised qualifications in a work-based environment. In some cases, candidates attend a college on a day-release basis.
The ideal candidates for roles in work-based learning are those people who have demonstrated key skills and achievements in the very industry they are training in. Employers and recruitment agencies are just as concerned with experience, a flair for coaching and a passion for their industry as they are with formal qualifications. However, employment opportunities that require NVQ assessment require that applicants hold a D32/D33 assessor's qualification. A lot of this work is spent on the move, so most applicants will need to be in possession of a clean driving licence.
There are a number of specialist training providers that work in conjunction with major employers in a number of industries. Working in work-based training roles usually means visiting staff in their own working environment, so candidates will need to be highly organised and motivated. Observational skills are a must, and effective communication is essential when delivering training and feedback.
A work-based trainer can expect a starting salary of between £20,000 and £30,000, but senior roles with management responsibilities often include remuneration packages of well over £40,000 per year.