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How do I get started in training?


My current role has required me to carry out some training and I would like to follow this up as a possible career change. However, I'd like to know if there are any basic pre-requisites needed such as qualifications. The area looks really interesting but a little overwhelming at first glance!

Has anyone got any handy hints about qualifications, training, getting started, costs etc? Thanks for your consideration.
James Wade

4 Responses

  1. Tips on getting started
    The CTP course is a great way to get started, and will give you a really good overview of what kind of ares you could potentially be looking at whilst working in a training role.
    I did mine with MALPAS, who I can highly recommend. The work you do there involves you backing up your learning with work-based projects. Give them a call to get more details.

    The course was mainly full of people already in existing training roles, but there were about 4 people on it who were hoping to get into training in the future.


  2. CTP
    I agree with Ms Short, the CTP is the way to go. It delivers a basic grounding in all the essential elements of training & delivery. There are loads of suppliers, not least of which are our selves; Woodland Grange. If you would like an information pack drop me an e mail:

    [email protected]

  3. Train the Trainer & CTP
    I agree with the previous comments in that the CTP is a great way to get into training. I also did mine with MALPAS who I can’t praise highly enough. The great thing about doing the CTP with them is that it is based over approx 6 months with the emphasis on flexible learning & support. Great if you can’t spend long periods away from the office.
    A short Train the Trainer course is also highly useful if you are completely new to training & covers basics such as training tools (eg:- flipcharts, OHP’s – even how to assemble them!) & training delivery practice. There are plenty of providers who offer this type of course.
    In terms of other skills you need I recommend a sense of humour, patience & it helps if you are a bit of a performer!

  4. How I got started.
    Dear James

    I also have recently started out in the training field (within the Voluntary and Community Sector). It helped me a great deal to be a student on the course’s I now tutor. The qualification I have is the City and Guilds 7307 pt 1, now working through part two. This is a ideal course as although it is spread over a number of months it is broken down into easily managed chunks, allowing me to carry on with my work.

    Good luck in your future endeavours

    Chris Nuttall.


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