Training and Development Manager
|Position Title||Training Manager|
|Alternate Title(s)||Training and Development Manager|
|Education & Training Level||Bachelors required, prefer graduate degree|
|Education & Training Level Description||Training managers need a combination of education and related work experience. Although training and development managers need a bachelor’s degree for many positions, some jobs require a master’s degree.|
|Brief job description||Training and development managers plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. They oversee a staff of training and development specialists as well as a budget.|
|Preferred Level of Education||Master’s degree|
|Preferred Level of Experience||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
|Estimated/Expected Salary||See the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information.|
Training and development managers plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. They oversee a staff of training and development specialists.
Executives increasingly realize that developing the skills of their organization’s workforce is essential to staying competitive in business. Businesses also know that providing opportunities for development and career advancement helps organizations recruit and retain high-quality employees to grow the business. In the wind industry, some companies develop training programs specific to their products and processes. For instance, when a wind technician is hired, they will go through company training to learn specific methods for inspecting, maintaining, repairing, and operating wind turbines.
Training and development managers oversee training programs, staff, and budgets. They typically supervise a staff of training and development specialists. They teach training methods to specialists who, in turn, instruct the organization’s employees, both new and experienced. Managers direct the daily activities of specialists and evaluate their effectiveness. Although most managers primarily oversee specialists and develop training programs, some may also direct training courses.
Because managers are responsible for organizing training programs, including creating or selecting course content and materials, they stay current on wind technology and wind industry trends. To enhance employees’ skills and an organization’s overall quality of work, training and development managers often confer with managers of each department to identify its training needs. They may work with top executives and financial officers to identify and match training priorities with overall business goals. They also prepare training budgets and ensure that expenses stay within budget.
Most training takes place in a classroom, computer laboratory, or training facility. But some training is in the form of a video, Web-based program, or self-guided instructional manual. Regardless of how it is conducted, managers ensure training content, software, systems, and equipment are appropriate and meaningful.