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Getting into L&D



I used to work in teaching and have a few years training management experience in a technical field. I really want to move into L&D looking at people management / soft-skills. Does anyone know how to get into this as there seem to be no trainee trainer roles?

I would eventually like to become a L&D manager. Would the CIPD PDS be the best qualification?

Thanks for your advice.



kate edwards

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  1. Getting into training
    You won’t find ‘trainee trainer’ jobs advertised. Where they do exist is where organisations recruit a person internally, often because of a particular expertise, and then train them up to train others.
    On the open market most employers are looking for someone who is already experienced and, often, qualified.
    Many people pick up that experience with their current employer before moving on. If that is not an option for you then you need to find another avenue. But be warned, even if you donate your time and skills to a charity and offer them free training, they will usually want someone who has had experience in training in that topic.
    As to qualifications, the PDS could be useful longer term in helping you get into L&D management, but I suspect it won’t help in the short term (partly because of how long it takes before you qualify), so a Cert level qualification may also be worth considering.
    You might also want to see:
    Best of luck


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