Job Profile – L&D Professionals

Job Profile – L&D Professionals

Willing to become a teacher but working with adults sounds more appealing?

Then a career as a training and development manager or an L&D trainer will be the best bet for you.

As a training and development manager or an L&D trainer, you will be required to take charge of the learning and professional development of the workforce of an organisation as it will be your responsibility to equip the staff with upgraded knowledge, practical skills and motivation to carry out their daily activities more efficiently.
The said job role will require you to be strategic (rather than reactive) and conduct a training needs analysis which would aid in determining the skills and knowledge requirement within an organisation and deciding the kind of training needed for the company growth. It is for you to decide whether you will deliver the training yourself or arrange for a third-party trainer for the task. There are ample jobs in the field of training and development which require excellent communication skills, inter-personal and coordination skills, conducting end to end execution of training programs along with employee survey as basic criteria.


As a Training and Development Manager or an L&D trainer, you will be required to:

  • Identify training needs in an organisation by proper job analysis, appraisal outlines and regular consultation with business managers and HR departments
  • Design/expand training and development programs as per the organisational and individual requirements
  • Take part in teamwork to produce efficient programs for parties in an organisation, e.g., line managers, accountants and senior managers at board level
  • Proper budgeting of planned programs
  • Proper planning and assessing 'return on investment' of any training and development program
  • Create effective induction programs for new employees, apprentices and graduate trainees
  • Check and review the progress of trainees through survey and discussion with managers
  • Develop individual learning plans
  • Conduct appraisals
  • Produce quality training materials for in-house courses
  • Create / deliver an array of e-learning packages
  • Take care of the delivery of training and development programs
  • Ensure that legal requirements of training are met
  • Evaluate training and development programs
  • Modify and revise programs as required, in order to adapt to changes happening in the professional area
  • Assist line managers and trainers in resolving specific training problems
  • Be up-to-date with developments in training by reading relevant journals, attending meetings and relevant courses/seminars/workshops
  • Research on new technologies and methods in workplace learning

At a more senior level, you may also be required to:

  • Develop proper training strategy for the organisation
  • Build training programs from scratch and assign work to other members of the learning and development team
  • Work in close proximity with and influence senior leaders and stakeholders


  • Salaries typically start at 3,50,000 p.a.
  • Training and development professionals with a few years' experience can expect to earn between 4,00,000 to 5,00,000 INR p.a.
  • Salaries of senior training or development manager vary in the range of 10,00,000 to 12,00,000 INR p.a.

Salaries in the field of training and development vary widely keeping in mind the sector, the size and location of the organisation, experience and the level of responsibility. Salary figures are intended as a guide only.

Working hours

A typical working day is scheduled around 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (may vary). You may have to put in some extra hours as and when required. If you are training staff/s who work shifts, you may have to fit in according to their shift patterns. Part-time work is also probable.

What to expect

  • It is normally office-based work with the exception of training delivery, which can be on / off the premises, at various locations throughout India
  • Opportunities galore throughout India. With the increasing demand, self-employment as a trainer is a feasible option as training departments often bring in specific experts as required. It is advisable to build up experience and then get to know your market before opting to work as a freelance.
  • Personal presentation is important in this area of work, and dress codes vary according to workplaces.
  • Day travel is likely to deliver training sessions, can be local or require you to stay overnight (as per location). Travelling multiple sites is also a possibility.


The training and development field is open to all graduates but special preference may be given to those with the following background:

  • Business or related field
  • Human resources
  • IT and computer studies
  • Management

Entry into training and development becomes easy if you have relevant experience and skills.
Although, a postgraduate qualification is not required, but a Master’s degree or a diploma from an accredited institute may expand your chances.
Specialisation in training and development often follows general employee experience and new graduates are not always recruited straight into a training role. It is just normal to work your way up from the positions as a HR personnel, recruitment consultant, training executive or training administrator.


As a training and development professional, you will need to have:

  • Effective interpersonal skills to enable you to work with people at all levels of an organization and motivate others as and when required
  • Fluent spoken and written communication skills that allow you to inform, advise and converse with others clearly
  • Impressive presentation skills
  • A strong customer-oriented background
  • Problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • The ability as well the willingness to offer new ideas
  • Confidence to take the plunge
  • Strong team-working skills and a collaborative approach to learning, both face-to-face and online
  • Organizational and planning skills to manage your time and to meet objectives and deadlines
  • Ability to multitask to let you effectively manage training schedules
  • Proactive, enthusiastic and innovative approach to work
  • Personal commitment and motivation to improve your own knowledge and skills
  • Passion for continuing learning and development.

Work experience

Experiences gained through activities, volunteering, and/or internships that require leadership and motivational abilities may boost your application for new opportunities. Therefore, while still at college/university, try to get involved in such organizations that enable you to develop your managerial and teamwork skills.
In this highly competitive job market, possessing an extra soft skill is highly advantageous. Therefore, if you have good business or organizational skills, you could look for jobs in training or administration to start off your career with, and then progress into a training and development role.
If you are unable to find internship opportunities to gain relevant work experience, try approaching employers about work shadowing or volunteering.

There are opportunities for training and development managers or L&D trainers in a range of private and public employment sectors. These include:

  • Central and local government
  • Commercial firms
  • Educational institutions
  • Financial institutions
  • Health service
  • Law firms
  • Leisure organizations
  • Manufacturing organizations
  • Retail companies

Opportunities also exist in commercial training organizations, such as IT training providers and personal development coaching/ training organizations.
You will find job roles and responsibilities that vary from organization to organization. In some large retail organizations, training consultancies or MNCs, you could be working in a large team of training professionals and be responsible for a team of trainers. In smaller organizations, however, you will be required to blend the training role with delivery functions and deliver more training courses.
You can create your account on job sites like linkedin, naukri or monster. Specialist recruitment agencies advertise vacancies on a regular basis. So always keep an eye on them.

Professional Development

As a training and development professional, you are expected to keep yourself up-to-date with developments in the industry throughout your career and also engage in networking with fellow professionals. Opportunities for this exist through reading relevant books, reports, journals and magazines, or being member of several professional groups.
You may also enroll in courses developed by several well-known international training institutes, especially for working professionals like you who are moving into a management role with strategic responsibility for learning and development. By pursuing a development course, you will get the chance to hone your existing skills, gain further knowledge and specialize in your chosen area of expertise. Working in the area of learning and development, you can cover areas such as:

  • Introductory sessions with your trainees
  • Undertaking a learning needs analysis
  • Planning, designing, developing and evaluating l&d activities
  • Organizational design and development
  • Coaching and mentoring

You can also participate in seminars and workshops organized by any of the well-known professional training institutes, which are usually for lesser number of days and focus on specific topics. They are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge and to keep you aware of the trending changes in the training and development arena.

Career prospects

To become a training and development professional, a minimum of three to four years' experience is required in a related role such as assistant training executive or training administrator.
From an experienced training and development professional, you can move on to higher levels which varies according to the organizational size and structure. You can become:

  • Adviser, team leader or manager
  • Middle management/partner or head of department
  • Part of senior management

To reach to the top, you need to show great personal achievements within the field of training and development. Also, one may need to gradually move from small organizations to larger ones to witness the progress in their career. Experiences in career management field will be necessary to take advantage of newer and better opportunities.
Another career option is to move into related field of work such as human resources or general management. Also, with the right amount of experience, you may also think of a flourishing career in a college or university as a lecturer. Alternatively, you can also set up your own business as a self-employed consultant.
Always be aware that your own personal development is essential to your progression. Keep documenting any continuing professional development (CPD) that you undertake as part of your professional development, whether you attend conferences/seminars, complete short courses or add more to your qualifications.


Asian College of Teachers (ACT) undertakes a continuous review of its teacher training courses to ensure imparting high quality education. However, there might be circumstances outside of ACT’s control which might affect its stakeholders like if you are planning to teach in a different country, applying for a teaching license, pursuing higher studies or trying to get the certificate approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) of a particular country then you can do so with the certificate issued by Asian College of Teachers (ACT). However, each country’s Ministry of Education (MoE) or educational bodies set certain standards that are indispensable for the pursuit of higher studies or teaching in schools in that country. So it can be a possibility that you may be able to use the certificate for higher studies or teaching purposes in one country and not in another. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you investigate thoroughly and check with the relevant authorities regarding the acceptance of the certificate issued by us before you enrol on a particular course. ACT strives to offer high-quality education and its certificates can be valuable for various purposes internationally, but still it is crucial for individuals to verify the specific recognition of the certificate in the country they intend to use it, especially for formal education or professional licensing purposes. This approach ensures that the stakeholders make informed decisions regarding their educational and career paths.

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