Training Manager

Training managers assist with the upgrading of the skills of employees, to contribute to improving the production levels and efficiency of workers and organizations.

A training manager strives to place employees in positions which suit their talents, character and intellect. They assess these potential abilities and channel them into appropriate career lines. This includes the structuring of course content and learning opportunities to develop competencies in learners. Training managers coordinate training sessions that can be delivered in the form of individual and group instruction, facilitating workshops, meetings, demonstrations and conferences. They also prepare and developing instructional training material and aids such as handbooks, visual aids, online tutorials, demonstration models, and supporting training reference documentation.

Training managers study each job in its setting and context to determine the needs of those that require training and then develop various training interventions ranging from courses to individual development opportunities. Training managers also conduct specialised training sessions, on-the-job learning opportunities and manage learnership programmes.  They plan, organise, and direct a wide range of training activities including orientation sessions and on-the-job training for new employees. They help rank-and-file workers maintain and improve their job skills, and possibly prepare for jobs requiring greater skill. 

Occupational Trainer

An occupational trainer  is a qualified and experienced technical expert who is equipped to deliver training in a specific field of expertise. An a occupational trainer may be an expert in one or more occupations based on years of experience working on the job. An occupational trainer is able to impart those skills to others by developing or facilitating training interventions such as apprenticeships, learnerships and skills programmes for the employees. They may work within an organisation or may work at an accredited training centre such as a TVET College. An occupational trainer conducts specialised training sessions or on-the-job learning opportunities, in addition they may manage the learnership programme or trade. They  evaluate their training efforts by measuring the progress of learners and improvement in an organisation performance. 

Personal Requirements

  • tact and adaptability
  • ability to act diplomatically in difficult situations
  • language ability
  • willing to work as part of a team
  • able to detect problem areas and offer solutions
  • creativity and initiative
  • intelligence and self-control
  • capable of organising, planning, motivating and controlling people
  • good communication skills


  • industry
  • commerce
  • mines
  • municipalities and government departments
  • non-governmental organisations
  • self-employment, as an independent consultant
  • TVET Colleges
  • universities and colleges 
  • accredited training centres
  • self-employment, as an independent trainer.

Getting Started

  • try obtaining organisational skills by planning activities and special events in your school or community
  • arrange to speak to training officers and ask permission to observe them at work
  • find vacation work in a personnel office


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