‘Human capital’ is now seen as the key to business success, and good employers are focused on developing the skills and knowledge of their workforce.
A career in training will involve performing training needs analysis, identifying requirements, managing the delivery of training programmes, developing training materials and evaluating the effectiveness of the training interventions. Initially graduates can expect to work in an administrative capacity and to have responsibility for duties such as booking and organising training sessions, sourcing trainers and managing the training database.
Graduate opportunities are generally not advertised through graduate training programmes but instead as training and development assistants/co-ordinators or administrators. As with other roles in human resources, graduate salaries are generally low but increase once you have gained some practical experience. The professional body is the Irish Institute of Training and Development.