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Qualification time again


I've been training for 7 years. Mostly police related subjects, a large amount of bespoke, specialised software training plus legislation training, soft skills, communication skills and even management skills training has featured.
I have been in charge of teams of people designing, developing and delivering 6-week courses from inception to completion but have had no specific management roles that require budgets etc.
I am keen to become a training manager as I feel this is the next step in my career.
The only relevant qualification I have is a 7307 and a Cert Ed.
Any suggestions?

Neil Pitts

One Response

  1. Training Manager aspirations
    Have you tried to get a secondment or temporary position in your current organisation to give you some of the experience you need? Perhaps your own training manager may be open to the idea of you learning the skills of budgeting, planning training, etc so that these tasks may be delegated to you.

    If not, then look at some job description/person specifications of training manager roles and then think about how else you can gain the experience e.g. budgeting – could you volunteer your services to a local school to work with the finance committee of the school governors? Planning – what big charitable projects are proposed in your area to give you experience of putting together and implementing a complex plan (and give something to the community at the same time!) Organisations such as Rotary, Round Table or Lions do this sort of thing.

    Many job adverts ask for CIPD qualifications. Personally I worked as a training manager for 6 years before setting up my own consultancy and never took the CIPD exams, but you may want to consider this option.

    I think one of your options will be to look for a “dual” role i.e. a small company who are looking for a multi skilled trainer to deliver some programmes and commission others. That will give you an entry point into management with the opportunity to develop the skills you need.

    I hope my comments give some food for thought. Drop me an e-mail on [email protected] if you wish.

    Hazel King


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