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How do i begin a career as a training consultant

 
#1 How do i begin a career as a training consultant
17/12/2006 14:07

williams

Hi

I would like to become a training consultant. I have a background in training and am a graduate. Has anyone got any tips on getting into the field? Websites I can visit? Companys I can contact?

Any info will be of great help.

Thanks

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#2 RE: How do i begin a career as a training consultant
17/12/2006 17:47

EPI to williams (#1)

Generally you need to gain experience and demonstrate ability in the area before you train others. There are not many places that recruit graduates into training as they lack that background experience. You could look at KPMG - they occassionally recruit grads for their KLearn division.

Other opportunities if you are looking to go straight into training are going to be in the basic skills fields where no special business experience is required. There are a number of organisations that do work around the Welfare-to-Work agenda and the government funding streams that surround that. Reed in Partnership and A4e are two that have been recruiting for graduates recently.

As most training jobs are not part of formal development schemes, you may need to get some qualifications on your own. Common ones that are requested as a baseline for entry to training jobs are the vocational assessor qualifications D32/D33/A1/A2. These "training" qualifications are more valuable than "education" qualifications such as PGCE, TEFL/TESOL.

As you are probably aware, a lot of corporate training is delivered through HR and a lot of training consultants have an HR background. You may want to consider getting onto a generalist HR graduate scheme in order to pick up your CIPD, and specialising in training at a later date. CIPD also offer certificate courses in training, although my impression is that they only really carry weight if you also have the generalist CIPD qualification to back them up.

Coming from the other direction (individualised training), some trainers get into the field from a counselling background. You could do a Postgraduate Certificate in counselling and specialise in career/workplace counselling.

Finally, there are a small number of opportunities to get into training-related activities if you gain psychology qualifications and go through an organisational development or occupational psychology career path.

You can look for HR, training and counselling jobs in the back of Personnel Today or People Management, and the Guardian has a section within their Jobs supplement I believe.

HR graduate schemes are advertised through larger companies' websites and specialist publications such as Hobsons, Prospects, doctorjob, etc.

You can find out about psychology degrees through the BPS website.

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#3 RE: How do i begin a career as a training consultant
17/12/2006 19:09

Pat to williams (#1)

Hi Williams,

Here are some questions so I can better understand your needs.

1. Do you want to train people directly?

2. Do you want to advise people on how to conduct training? (e.g. train the trainer)

3. What is your experience/knowledge base? What topics are you qualified to train others in?

4. What kinds of training have you done before?

5. What elements of the training process are you interested/willing to be involved in? Are you interested in delivering training, organising events, assessing training needs?

6. Do you prefer working on a one-to-one or a corporate/business unit level?

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#4 RE: How do i begin a career as a training consultant
19/12/2006 14:31

Mike Morrison to EPI (#2)

How to become a training consultant: A previous post said: “Common ones that are requested as a baseline for entry to training jobs are the vocational assessor qualifications D32/D33/A1/A2. These "training" qualifications are more valuable than "education" qualifications such as PGCE, TEFL/TESOL.”

This is NOT strictly true for a TRAINING consultant. They are often requested for employment jobs but not consultancy in the private sector (very often).

Training is about organisational development or people development. Assessor qualifications are requested by colleges & some roles in the public sector. Assessing qualifications and skills is not training.

If you want to be a deliverer of training then the ITOL, CIPD or TAP qualifications are the way to go. If you want to be part of the college & VQ world then the assessor units A1/A2 etc would be of value.

To become sustainable as a training consultant you will need:

1) Psychology training

2) General management experience

As these are the factors which differentiate people that have been in the industry for a long time.

Useful sites to visit include:

www.trainerbase.co.uk

www.ukhrd.com

www.trainingzone.co.uk

Mike

Director – RapidBI

www.rapidbi.com – developing your business

www.f2p.co.uk – developing you

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