With the increase in apprenticeships and government aims to increase the skills base of school leavers, the unemployed and those wishing to progress in their careers, it’s a great time to become a trainer/mentor/coach. Here’s why you should think about it:
Pass on knowledge and skills
As an apprenticeship trainer, you will work closely with those on work placements, whether apprenticeship, traineeship or other, to ensure they are meeting the standards required, developing the skills they need and having a positive experience. A lot of the learners you will meet will be those for whom a more formal and academic education isn’t suitable, either because of the career choice they wish to make, or because of their experiences at school. You can be a part of helping a young person realise they can succeed after all, or help those who are changing career realise their dream.
Fit around your time and health commitments
Some trainers work to their own schedule. They can schedule their visits and meetings when best suits them and the learner, which means they can fit around childcare, family care or other time commitments. It also means that you can fit your hours to suit you if you have health needs as well, reducing hours or still working in the sector you love but in a less physically demanding way.
Some work as an NVQ trainer to supplement their income as a second job. Some do this in-house with their current employer, or work freelance. Freelance trainers are also able to decide their own fees per hour or per student, with many able to earn more per hour than in their previous job. Trainers earn between £20-30,000 a year, often around £100-200 per day as advertised on sites such as Indeed and Total Jobs.
For some, becoming an apprenticeship trainer is another path up the career ladder. This can either be through adding an extra facet to their current job or because they hope to move from a trainer to an IV/EV (Internal Verifier/ External Verifier). It’s nice to know that there are other options out there.
If you’re looking for that added challenge or just wanting to try something different, then maybe it’s time you looked into becoming an apprenticeship trainer?
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