Training and development officers are responsible for identifying staff training and development needs, and for planning, organizing and overseeing appropriate training.
In this role you’ll handle the learning and professional development of an organization’s workforce. You might also be known as a learning and development officer.
Training and development officers help with the ongoing, long-term improvement of employees’ skills, enabling them to fulfill their potential within their organization. Increasingly, training and development officers are required to be strategic rather than reactive, assessing the skills and knowledge within an organization and determining what training is needed to grow and retain these skills.
Employers of Training and Development Officers
- Private companies
- Local authorities
- Industrial organizations
- Educational institutions
- Financial organizations
- conducting job evaluation surveys
- liaising with managers and interviewing employees at all levels to identify and assess training and development needs
- delivering and overseeing the training of individuals or groups of employees
- compiling and presenting information
- implementing, advising on and monitoring appraisal schemes
- supervising and monitoring progress made via training programmes or schemes
- ensuring employees receive statutory required training
- designing and assessing training programmes.
This area of work is open to all graduates of degrees and diplomas but you may find the following subjects particularly helpful:
- business and related areas
- human resources
- interpersonal skills that enable you to work with people at all levels, motivate others and change people’s attitudes when necessary
- written and spoken communication skills that allow you to inform and advise others clearly
- problem-solving and negotiation skills
- initiative and the ability to offer new ideas
- organizational and planning skills to manage your time and to meet deadlines and objectives
- good time-keeping skills to enable you to effectively manage training schedules
- personal commitment to improving your own knowledge and skills.