Online trainers in demand
Opportunities for online trainers are strong as the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for online learning. Instructional designers with experience in designing online courses and activities for adult students are in particular demand.
Trainers are still in demand for some face-to-face training. This is because some companies want a trainer on-site to assess the training needs in their organisation, then make training plans and workshops. Literacy and numeracy training for staff is in particularly high demand.
According to the Census, 2,208 trainers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
More demand for trainers in bigger companies
More trainer job opportunities exist at bigger companies, as they have a greater need for employee training and development.
At smaller companies, the human resources adviser may do some trainer tasks.
Adult education qualification can increase your chances of getting a job
A New Zealand Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Learning (Level 4 or 5) can increase your chances of getting a job. The qualification gives a good understanding of learning theories and covers learning and development.
Types of employers varied
Trainers may work for:
- businesses and government organisations as in-house trainers – for example, working in information technology
- training consultancies, which offer general or specialist training services on topics such as sales or management
- universities and polytechnics
- industry training organisations, doing work such as on-site agriculture training.