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Getting into learning and development


I am thinking of trying to change my career direction into learning/training and development. I used to work in training administration some time ago. I recently qualified with the Further and Adult Education Teachers' Certificate (7407). However, I gained this certificate to teach 'one to one' (basic skills and basic IT) and do not want to do any 'upfront' training. I am more interested in assessing training and development needs etc.

I also have the Certificate in Management Studies (NVQ4 level) and a BA (Hons) in History/Art History (studied via the Open University, so I know what it's like to study on your own and as an adult!). I have been self-employed for the last ten years or so (business backup, web design etc), but have also had some 'contract' jobs, the last as a 'Learning Adviser' for an adult education provider. This involved interviewing people and assessing their training needs and pointing them in the right direction etc and liaising with tutors and other further education providers. I have also done some IT training for 'older' people (who had never touched a computer!)

As I am a 'mature' career changer, I am wondering if it will be difficult for me to get into this type of work - though some of my work has been 'related'. I would ideally like to work for a not-for-profit organisation or charity.

If anyone could give me any pointers, I'd be very grateful.

Many thanks
Lyn Chappell

2 Responses

  1. suggestion for you
    Hello Lyn
    I wonder if you have considered approaching The Prince’s Trust? I work as a volunteer mentor locally and think your skills may be of use to the selection board who ultimately decide whether to award set up grants to potential new busines start-ups.
    Your skills woulod seem to jigsaw well.

  2. Charity Sector

    The major charities all have large training departments because their target audience is so big. Mine in the RNLI is well over 10,000 people.

    Most have a web site on which they advertise any job vacancies. However, many want previous experience in the sector as the culture is SO DIFFERENT. You could try contacting them and offering your services for free for a while.

    Finally there are many recruitment agencies that specialise in these sectors. Just type in ‘Not for profit recruitment agencies’ in a good search engine and you should get some results.

    Failing that contact me and I can give you some web sites.

    Good luck.


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