Training facilitators design and implement career development-related programs to support professional development and increase organizational performance. These training managers determine the types of training needed, identify the best methods for providing the training and develop training material. They provide training in a variety of settings, including classrooms, computer laboratories and on-site production facilities. They may also provide courses via videotape, the Internet or instructional guides.
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Training facilitators support an organisation’s human resource management efforts. An organisation will employ training facilitators to understand the effectiveness and impact of its learning processes. Training facilitators work closely with department managers to understand any planned changes to business processes and develop training programs to reduce the change impact. Training facilitators also create training manuals, multimedia visual aids and other educational materials. They sometimes conduct orientation sessions for new hires.
Some of the objectives of training managers are to increase employee productivity, develop professional skills, foster employee loyalty and improve organizational performance. Some training facilitators specialise in leadership or executive development programs; these programs enhance the skills of senior managers to replace executives who retire or transfer to other jobs. Other facilitators specialise in training programs that lessen the impact of change during mergers and acquisitions.
Training facilitators typically work in office settings. Many training managers follow a standard 40-hour workweek schedule. Some facilitators, especially those employed by large corporations with a globally dispersed workforce, may travel extensively to administer trainings at different company locations, such as regional, satellite or international offices, or to meet with employees who work outside of the main corporate office.
University level coursework in personnel administration, human resources and labour relations provide excellent preparation for a career in the human resources, training and labour relations fields. Ideal candidates have a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in either training and development or organizational development. Combined knowledge of adult learning theory, the methods and principles of curriculum and training design, and the best practices for teaching groups and individuals are other core competencies for the job.
Occupational employment statistics published by the U.S. Department of Labor indicates training facilitators in the United States earn annual salaries ranging from £32,214 to £95,433, as of May 2009. The annual median income is £57,258 for all training and development managers in the United States, as of May 2009. Training managers employed by radio and television broadcasting companies earn the most, with annual average wages of £82,738, as of May 2009.
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