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IT Trainer Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an IT Trainer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an IT Trainer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful IT Trainer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

IT trainers teach people from different backgrounds, and at different levels, to use computer systems.

The work varies according to the structure of their employing organisation, their clients, whether they are self-employed, and any specialist skills they have.

The work can range from training a first-time user to understand the basics of their computer system, or training an experienced user in a completely new system or programme.

IT training often involves teaching a range of commercial software packages - word processing, databases, spreadsheets and desktop publishing - and help in using the internet. Some IT trainers specialise in more advanced aspects of IT such as programming or design.

Training sessions can last from a few hours to several days, and they may train just one person or a group. A great deal of training is now available online, so trainers may also be involved in supporting learners on virtual courses.

Hours and Environment

Trainers usually work a 37 to 40 hour week, Monday to Friday, but may need to work evenings or weekends when staff training is out of normal office hours.Many IT trainers are self-employed or work for an organisation dealing with a number of clients.

IT trainers are based in offices, training centres or sometimes at a client̢۪s home. The work can involve considerable time sitting and standing.

Driving ability is useful as trainers may have to travel between training centres, clients or offices.

Skills and Interests

To be an IT trainer you should:

  • have a thorough knowledge of hardware and software
  • be willing to keep up-to-date with new developments
  • have good oral and written communication skills
  • have good planning, training and presentation skills
  • be patient and understand the anxieties of people with little knowledge of computing
  • be organised and punctual
  • enjoy analysing problems
  • be energetic and committed.


Entry

There are no set qualifications to work as an IT trainer, so it is useful to check with prospective employers for their exact requirements - they can vary considerably. You need a good working knowledge of IT hardware and software.

There are many different routes into this work. You may start as an IT expert who has become skilled in training through work experience, or a qualified trainer who has added IT to your specialist skills.

There is a wide range of IT training and qualifications:

Foundation/Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ Levels I and II.
BTEC National Diploma in Computer Studies or Information Technology and SQA National Certificate in Information Technology.T
BTEC/SQA higher national awards. Colleges will ask for four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and one A level/two Scottish Highers, or sometimes BTEC/SQA national certificates/diplomas, or Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ Level II in relevant subjects.
Degree courses in IT, computing and other subjects - you will usually need at least two A levels/three Scottish Highers, but check with universities and colleges for their exact requirements.
For details of qualification equivalents see:
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Training

Organisations offering work-based IT training may require NVQs/SVQs or offer them as part of their initial training. You can do NVQs/SVQs in IT-related subjects at levels 1 to 4.

The Institute of IT Training offers a range of professional training courses through their Certified Trainer Assessment Programme and Certified e-Learning Professional Programme. Contact them direct for details.

The OCR Diploma in Information and Communications Technology for Teachers and Trainers is available as a part-time course at local colleges.

The Joint Examining Board (JEB) offers the Level 3 Certificate in Education Practice: ICT Skills, aimed at those teaching IT at basic and intermediate levels, and the Level 3 Diploma in Education Practice: ICT Advanced, aimed at teachers of advanced IT courses. Courses are available on a part-time and flexible from JEB-registered training centres - contact the JEB for details.

Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

Opportunities

There is a growing demand for IT trainers. There are over 60,000 IT trainers in the UK. Large organisations with their own IT departments employ their own trainers and there are many other opportunities for IT trainers with software providers, further education colleges and training companies. IT trainers can also be self-employed.

Progression can be to senior trainer or department manager.

Moving between organisations is generally quite common in IT work. IT trainers can also move into different types of IT work, depending on their skills, or develop their training skills to include other business-related subjects.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

New IT trainers usually earn from £15,000.
Experienced trainers can be paid up to £20,000 or more.
Senior IT trainers may earn £30,000 or more.

Further information

Institute of IT Training
Institute House
University of Warwick Science Park
Coventry
CV4 7EZ
Tel: 024 7641 8128
www.iitt.org.uk

Joint Examining Board (JEB)
30A Dyer Street
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2PF
Tel: 01285 641747
www.jeb.co.uk

British Computer Society
1 Sanford Street
Swindon
SN1 1HJ
www.bcs.org.uk

e-skills UK *
1 Castle Lane
London
SW1E 6DR
Tel: 020 7963 8920
www.e-skills.com

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

Other Useful IT Trainer Work Information

We have a section available at this site on IT Trainer job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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