Trainers provide coaching and mentoring support within companies or public sector organisations, usually focusing on a specific skill set.
There is no fixed entry route into a career in training, as different types of courses require people with different backgrounds. However, anyone who wishes to gain employment in the field will need a good level of education and excellent presentation skills.
An in-depth knowledge of the sector the candidate hopes to deliver training on is a prerequisite, but will not be enough on its own to find a job. Staff also need to have undertaken a train the trainer course, such as a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) level 3 certificate in training practice.
Most major businesses and public sector bodies have in-house training teams and recruit staff for both full and part-time permanent jobs. Salaries vary depending on the subject, but are typically between £20,000 and £30,000.
Many IT companies sell training to corporate clients as part of their software solutions. They all need specialist trainers and the roles often come with salaries in excess of £40,000.
Trainers with in demand skills, such as banking IT systems and medical equipment, can also take on highly paid short term contracts via recruitment agencies.