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IT Trainer Jobs

IT trainer jobs… did you know?

Being an IT trainer is just one of the many jobs where you teach something you know to people outside of a school environment. This is known as vocational or industrial training, and it’s big business. There are still so many things people want to learn to help them get ahead once they’ve left school.

As an IT trainer, you design and deliver computer training courses. You offer structured lessons and training to learn how to operate systems or software, either face-to-face or online (known as distance learning).

Examples of IT training you might offer include:

  • Common software like word processing or spreadsheets
  • PC maintenance
  • Technical skills like programming or use of design software
  • Tailored training for people with disabilities to use IT and assistive technologies.

IT training gives you a chance to help other people feel as inspired by technology as you do. You might be teaching silver surfers how to connect with their families through email and Skype. You might be training future video game developers to code with confidence.

Training people in IT life and work skills is great for your own confidence and career, too!

Industry: Childcare and Education

IT trainer job trends

How much money can you make as a IT trainer?

£20,000 – £40,000 (UK average)

Recent labour market information says you can earn on average between £20,000 and £40,000 a year as an IT trainer in the UK.

Your starting salary can vary because of factors like level of experience, training, or location. Your salary as an IT trainer will increase over time as you build skills, knowledge and experience.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

School, college and training

To train someone else in IT, you have to prove you’re good at IT yourself. You also have to prove you can teach.

To start with, you’ll find it useful to have at least five GCSEs (or the equivalent) at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English, maths, and possibly an ICT or science-related subject.

To become an IT trainer you’ll find it useful to have:

  1. A qualification in teaching or training
  2. An advanced IT qualification, like a college qualification in IT user skills. An example might be a BTEC national diploma in computing for IT practitioners.

Some people in this start off as qualified teachers or trainers then add IT to their specialist skills.

Other people start off in an IT background, perhaps working their way up from being an IT technician. From there, they might study for a training qualification or gain training skills and experience through working.

Apprenticeships

You can get into either teaching or IT and technology through an apprenticeship. A range of relevant apprenticeships is available throughout the UK.

You’ll mix on-the-job training with classroom learning. You’ll be paid a salary and your training will lead to a nationally-recognised qualification.

At this point in time there are no specific IT trainer apprenticeships. However, an apprenticeship in either teaching or IT will give you the foundation skills and experience to work on one major aspect of the role, and you can build the other one in time.

Career progression

With time and experience you can either get superior positions or move into different fields.
For example, you could become a lead trainer, department manager or area training coordinator. You could also work for yourself as a freelance trainer or consultant.

From IT training you could move into technical writing, project management, or other IT work areas like publishing or e-learning development.

What experience do you need for IT trainer jobs?

Work experience

Your application for this role is more likely to be successful if you already have experience of training people, and of teaching them to use IT software or hardware.

Make sure to note the achievement on your CV if you get offered any team lead responsibilities in your current job. Being able to show employers you can lead a group of people to work for a goal is important.

If you have the opportunity to teach other team members a work a skill you can do, step up and step forward to offer. You’ll get the warm glow of helping others learn a skill, and you’ll get a taste of what it means to teach as well!

Work experience can lead to paid work in the field of IT you would like to train others in.

Examples of relevant work experience include:

  • Work shadowing (even if it’s just for a day)
  • Work placements in a company
  • Work placements on a degree course

Volunteering

Volunteering is a fantastic way to gain experience of working with others, and IT-related volunteering opportunities are also available.

If you’re volunteering with older people, perhaps you can show them how to use aspects of IT and the internet that would make their life easier. If you are volunteering at a youth community centre, perhaps you could offer to hold small regular groups to train people in IT skills such as basic coding or app building.

What skills do you need for IT trainer jobs?

Useful skills to highlight to your employer when applying for jobs like this one include:

  • Self-belief skills to have the confidence to train others in what you know.
  • Communication skills to deliver your knowledge and insights in a patient, tactful way that inspires your students and matches their learning levels.
  • Writing skills to create instructions, lesson plans and learning materials.
  • Self-management skills so you can organise, plan, schedule and deliver training on time.

Vocational qualifications and work experience will help you build these skills over time.

What does a IT trainer do?

You could be working in:

  • Colleges and education centres
  • Private training companies
  • Offices for one big employer whose staff you train

Some day-to-day responsibilities could include:

  • Designing new training programmes and lessons or changing existing ones to make them more up-to-date
  • Making training materials (like lesson activities, homework and coursework, or designing e-learning materials to help students learning online instead of a classroom)
  • Assessing the training needs of students and agreeing learning aims
  • Delivering training to students
  • Assessing student progress and giving them feedback

Your first steps into IT trainer jobs

IT trainer jobs are advertised under different job titles. When you’re looking on job boards, look for the following types of job:

  • IT trainer
  • IT systems trainer
  • IT technical trainer
  • IT tutor

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