Training managers assist with the upgrading of the skills of employees, to contribute to improving the production levels and efficiency of workers and organizations.
A training manager strives to place employees in positions which suit their talents, character and intellect. They assess these potential abilities and channel them into appropriate career lines. This includes the structuring of course content and learning opportunities to develop competencies in learners. Training managers coordinate training sessions that can be delivered in the form of individual and group instruction, facilitating workshops, meetings, demonstrations and conferences. They also prepare and developing instructional training material and aids such as handbooks, visual aids, online tutorials, demonstration models, and supporting training reference documentation.
Training managers study each job in its setting and context to determine the needs of those that require training and then develop various training interventions ranging from courses to individual development opportunities. Training managers also conduct specialised training sessions, on-the-job learning opportunities and manage learnership programmes. They plan, organise, and direct a wide range of training activities including orientation sessions and on-the-job training for new employees. They help rank-and-file workers maintain and improve their job skills, and possibly prepare for jobs requiring greater skill.
An occupational trainer is a qualified and experienced technical expert who is equipped to deliver training in a specific field of expertise. An a occupational trainer may be an expert in one or more occupations based on years of experience working on the job. An occupational trainer is able to impart those skills to others by developing or facilitating training interventions such as apprenticeships, learnerships and skills programmes for the employees. They may work within an organisation or may work at an accredited training centre such as a TVET College. An occupational trainer conducts specialised training sessions or on-the-job learning opportunities, in addition they may manage the learnership programme or trade. They evaluate their training efforts by measuring the progress of learners and improvement in an organisation performance.
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Schooling & School Subjects
Compulsory Subjects: None
Recommended subjects: Subjects complementary to your field of interest
Degree: BA or BAdmin or BCom - most universities
Diploma: N.Dip: Personnel Management - most universities of technology
Occupational Trainers must be fully qualified within the skill or trade they are training in. In addition they should have a number of years experience in the field of training.