If you have expertise in a specific area and want to leverage these skills, pull up a seat and let’s talk shop. You know how things should be done. You understand the path to success that employees need to be on in order to ensure the success of the business.
They need a trainer and you’re just the woman they need to get the job done.
More companies are increasingly utilizing new training methods to provide their employees with the skills and knowledge that they need in order to do their jobs well. This means there are more opportunities for women to develop a career as a trainer, a job that does have its challenges but one that is also very rewarding.
Where do you start?
A good place for someone who is new to the profession to start is by completing a train the trainer course. These courses usually last one or two days and can provide a valuable insight into what the role of a trainer actually entails, as well as teaching the skills that are needed to carry out the role. There are a number of benefits that these courses have for those who are looking to start a new career as a trainer.
Learn how to motivate
One of the most difficult aspects of being a trainer is motivating learners. People may be less than enthusiastic about the prospect of training, if they view it as a waste of time perhaps, or they feel it is taking them away from urgent work. The role of the trainer is to get people past these feelings, and to get them actively participating in the training, as this is when they will get the most out of it. Reasons why people may not be motivated, and the ways that these issues can be addressed are usually covered in these courses.
Planning is essential for great training
These courses will also teach you how to create a learning plan so that the training which will eventually be offered can be on-going. Being able to offer this kind of program will be something that is looked for by an employer, because making a commitment of this kind to a training shows that they place a great deal of value in their employees. This, in turn, can lead to increased loyalty and lower employee turnover. The trainer may be required by the company they are employed by to identify specific training needs for individual employees rather than just a generic plan, so having an awareness of how to do this can be a valuable skill.
A wider range of techniques equals greater fluidity
There are a variety of different techniques that can be used for training, and these courses will teach what these techniques are and when they can be used. Having a variety of techniques that can be called on during a training session is a real advantage because it allows the trainer to be able to change things round if they are not getting the results that they had hoped for. It also helps the trainer to offer a more diverse training session and keep things interesting for those who are taking part. This can also help add to the benefits already discussed above, as creating an interesting session can help the learners to remain motivated and, if the training is on-going, then different techniques can be used to keep things fresh.
There are some things that cannot be taught on the courses. These include things such as the values of the business who will hire you and what the company will want the training to achieve as these are things that will be different for every enterprise. However, they do cover the basics that every trainer needs to know, and are a great starting point for anyone who is looking to start a new career, that perhaps does not have any previous experience in the training industry.