As a trainer, you are normally a skilled worker in the trade. But your own training may have taken place many years ago. Or your work experience can be limited to only a part of what is required, if the apprentice is to learn the profession correctly and completely. Therefore, a professional update or supplemental education may be necessary.
As the person responsible for education in a company or as the manager, you can get advice and support from different sources, for example:
- Professional organisations and trade unions
- The Chamber of Commerce or the Chamber of Crafts
- The local vocational college
- Private providers
Often there is a need for competence clarification to find the educational programmes and courses that can prepare the trainer for the job.
In some countries, such as Germany, there are obligatory trainer courses for those wishing to work as a trainer in a company. You must have a trainer’s certificate, which you can qualify for in special courses. These certificates, regulated in the AEVO (Trainer aptitude regulation), offer several advantages; for example, the uniformity of training leads to greater possibilities for employee mobility. And of course, the trainer profits from this additional qualification. In these courses, you will meet other professionals and you will benefit from the network and exchange of knowledge. Therefore, many young professionals are adding this qualification to their careers.Example haulage company Frode Laursen
The driving instructor 'Bingo' has just taken part in a course in fuel economy. Before the course, he thought:”They can't teach me anything else after 40 years of driving.” But he was wrong! ”A habit is terribly hard to break. But you can always keep learning!" Bingo discovered that even ‘an old hand’ like himself could save up to 13% in fuel under certain conditions.