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      05.10.2001 05:04
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      I have been a training officer for five years at a couple of different companies. It is not the kind of job that people generally aspire to although on closer inspection the chances are the role contains so many elements that people would enjoy. The role as I see it is to help an orgainsation deal with change which is the one constant of business. Change affects individuals, groups, departments, functions or whole organisations and it is the role of the training officer to adapt to work with the issue whatever the size. Issues may relate to an individual wanting to develop themselves - maybe they are new to a role, they want to learn new skills or they recognise the need for academic advancement. Alternatively a manager may identify the need to gain new skills into their workforce, this may be a long-term initiative such as new information techology skills or quick team building efforts to boost morale and gain the synergies of effectively working together. It is a cliche but the role is varied and nearly every day is different. It is exciting to gain a view across a whole company which not possible in so many roles. It is also a very positive job in that you are developing people who genrally are very appreciative and this brings enormous job satisfaction. In addition training officers tend to get involved very early in organisational initiatives and therefore you are privy to much secreative information which brings its own responsibilities. My personal favourite part of the role is working on inductions with new hires to the orgainsation. Devising training programmes and running outside team building events. This allows for excitement similar to being a boy scout and playing outside which provides such a welcome break. The routes to becoming a training officer are not well publicised although easily found if looked for. Many roles are advertised in local papers or industry journals such as 'Personn
      el Today'. Training officers have to lead by example and enjoy developing themselves and others. Typically therefore employers request degrees (any subject), high NVQ's (levels 4-5) or the Personnel industry qualification CIPD. One misconception is that you need to deliver training and therefore require a specialist subject. I rarely train if ever the emphasis is on identifying training and then sourcing a suitable provider. For those looking to enter the industry I recommend getting involved in the 'Investors in People' award which many companies have tried. This is a beuraucratic training system but provides a good introduction. Certainly consider the role if any of the following terms defines what you are looking for: Positive, creative, challenging, mentoring, coaching, counselling, outside, teaching, leading, change, responsibility. From being a training officer there is the potential to move into generalist HR or become a training manager. There are many opportunites with consultancies or blue chip organisations.

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