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What does a Training Coordinator do?

By Tess C. Taylor
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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A training coordinator will conduct training and development sessions for employees and volunteers at organizations. Training may be in the form of classroom instruction, computer enabled tutorials, on-the-job training, and in-house training sessions. Training coordinators are responsible for developing employee training programs that fall in line with organizational objectives.

The work that training coordinators do often requires working closely with corporate leaders who require certain skills to maintain a company and increase the likelihood of growth. Job descriptions and roles must be examined regularly to make sure employees have necessary training. This strategy keeps current employees up to date, encourages the learning of new skills, and helps recruiters to bring on the best candidates to fill new roles.

In addition to performing training and designing employee development programs, training coordinators are responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and recording the effectiveness of these programs. This is accomplished through consulting with managers, conducting employee training surveys, interviewing, and observing performance on the job. By measuring the effectiveness of training, programs can be modified or improved to make sure they provide adequate training to help employees develop the right skills for their jobs.

A large part of the job of training coordinators is to research, design, and create useful training materials that will help managers translate knowledge to employees as efficiently as possible. The average training coordinator will develop training programs based on traditional classroom instruction combined with modern technology such as computers and visual aids. This is especially important for orienting new hires as well we teaching established employees new concepts.

A training coordinator may also be assigned the task of directing other training coordinators or arranging for outside trainers to teach specialized skills to employees. When a large organization is spread out in many different regions, the training coordinator must be able to find other trainers to go to branch locations to train workers on important skills that must be performed on the job. This can require a great deal of resourcefulness and creativity to find the right types of professionals to train employees.

It is also a vital part of the job of a training coordinator to carefully manage a company's training budget. This will require meeting with company executives to determine the scope and needs of training that needs to be in place to grow the company in a financially responsible way. Training coordinators must carefully evaluate each department’s training needs and then make sure there is enough in the budget to cover the training.

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Discussion Comments
By indemnifyme — On Aug 07, 2011

@sunnySkys - I've had that experience too. I've also experienced some very useful job training though. I think it just really depends on what company you work for.

The company I work for now provided really excellent training. The people that lead the training class had actually worked their way up in the company. So they had done the jobs they were training us for! I think that made a huge difference in the quality of the training.

By sunnySkys — On Aug 06, 2011

The job description of a training coordinator sounds very reasonable. However, I've found that in real life most training coordinators have no clue what's going on!

I know I can't be the only one that's gotten totally useless job training. The training seems useful, but then when you get on the job you're woefully unprepared!

I guess what I'm trying to say is I think whoever is training these trainers needs to get their act together! Sometimes the training materials make me think the trainers have never even worked in the job they are training you for!

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