- Lead a team that arranges learning programmes for organisations,
- Rewarding work helping people develop their skills and abilities
- Opportunities to progress into senior Human Resources roles or to work for yourself
As a learning and development manager you'll be responsible for the design and coordination of learning and development programmes that cover your organisation's present and future needs. This might include developing these programmes yourself or managing a team who source, develop, and deliver learning and development activity.
- Identifying priorities and drawing up learning and development plans
- Producing learning materials
- Working with external providers to develop specialist courses
- Managing and leading a team
- Updating personal development records
- Writing reports
- Keeping records
- Working within budgets
- Making sure training is cost-effective
In a smaller organisation you may also deliver some of the training.
You'll usually work normal office hours, but may need to be flexible to cover things like residential courses or workshops, or work shifts. You'll be office-based, but may travel between company sites or to training venues like hotels or conference centres.
You'll need the ability to relate to staff at all levels, excellent communication and negotiating skills, the ability to coach people and give constructive feedback, presentation skills, and IT skills.
Most learning and development managers start by working in a human resources department as a learning and development officer, or in a similar role that involves training or teaching.
A degree or postgraduate qualification in business studies, human resources or learning and development, or teaching may be useful but is not essential.
Many employers will also ask that you have professional qualifications in learning and development, which you can study either online or at a training centre approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
You could also get into this role by doing a higher apprenticeship as a learning and development consultant.
With experience you could become a senior leader in Human Resources or Organisational Development, or you could become a lecturer, or a freelance trainer or consultant and work for yourself.