Training officer

Education and training

Career outlook for training officer

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would organise training to help staff improve their skills and get more out of their jobs. You might give the training yourself, or arrange events through colleagues or external providers such as colleges.

You would:

  • Speak with other managers to find out about training needs
  • Come up with and present training options that cover all staff
  • Draw up a training plan
  • Make training materials, including e-learning materials
  • Work as a team to design, deliver and assess training programmes
  • Update records and documents
  • Make sure training is within budget and time limits

You could be in charge of one particular training area, such as management skills or health and safety.

Working conditions


You would usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, you may sometimes need to be more flexible, for example if you are involved in residential courses or workshops, or if your company operates a shift system.


You would mostly be office-based.


You may be expected to travel between company sites or to training venues like hotels or conference centres.

UK employment status





Self employed


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Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you'll need.


Many employers will expect you to have:

  • a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7), or a Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or a degree (SCQF level 9/10) in human resource management, business studies, education or perhaps psychology
  • and/or relevant work-based experience and qualifications such as Scottish Vocational Qualification in Management (SVQ level 3/4/5)

Most entrants first get qualifications and experience in the field in which they will train others.

It is possible to start with a clerical or administrative job in the human resources or training department.

Useful subjects

  • Maths
  • English

Helpful to have

Relevant work-based training qualifications such as:

  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications in Learning and Development (SVQ level 3/4)
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Certificate in Training Practice and Certificate in Learning and Development Practice