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Imparting Training as a Profession

One might be wondering why we choose training as a career option. Can it be a career? And if it is a career, then what are its roles or responsibilities? For managing human resources or for ensuring efficiency and enhancement in any professional field, one needs to be trained. Now, someone might be wondering that since we already have teachers, what is the further need for trainers?

Teachers are everywhere - right from schools to colleges and universities. Teachers are doing their jobs according to their capacities and responsibilities. But there are always some different jobs which demand different roles and responsibilities. There are demands for trainers or moderators for different actions. Right from corporate to social organizations or even government departments, all of them take the help of trainers in training programmes.
Training is teaching, or developing in oneself or others, any skills and knowledge that relate to specific useful competencies. Training has specific goals of improving one's capability, capacity, productivity and performance. People within many professions and occupations may refer to this sort of training as professional development. When we talk of training, it might be soft skill or any other skill. There are career options available even for physical trainers. In this article, we are focusing on training related to soft skills or corporate and development-related training. 
Now the question is: Are there any specific courses for becoming trainers? The direct answer is though there are no direct courses in this field, there are some special programs for them. One of the best example and common word is like TOT or Training of Trainers. One needs to be very good in communication skills to become a good trainer. The role of good trainer is not just to teach or moderate but also listen from the participants and act accordingly. Effective communication skills, knowledge about languages are helpful ingredients for a good trainer. 
There is a difference between teaching and training. Teaching is simply conveying information, which can be accomplished with a traditional approach or through a classroom lecture. Professional training, on the other hand, provides people with the tools and skills they need, either to change their behaviour or develop new skill sets they never had before. 
The qualities of teachers and trainers are also different and both are important. To be a successful trainer, one need be more flexible and ready to learn every day. A corporate trainer is an educator or instructor who works in a business environment and conveys knowledge or skills to a group of employees. Corporate trainers may be hired full-time by a large company to train new employees and assist in the transition to new business systems.
As we are talking about soft skills here, so we need to know a little more about soft skills. Soft skills are a combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character traits, attitudes, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients, among others, that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills. The Collins English Dictionary defines the term "soft skills" as "desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude". Before we train others, we must learn about the skills which are needed and must use and practice them. 
There is a lot of demand for trainers. The scopes are with corporate, especially all those who deal with human resources or marketing like insurance companies. Most of the corporate houses also organize trainings for the employees. Trainers are more demanded in social organizations as they conduct capacity building programmes with governments. Some of the Government departments like National Health Mission, Rashtriya MAdhyamik Siksha Abhiyan, Sarba Sikhsa Abhiyaan, Tourism Department, Social Welfare Department, etc conduct many training programs for its staff for progress and efficiency. There are many agencies of the United Nations like United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), which conduct training on regular basis related to their programme.
There are many companies which are focusing on training and they provide services to their clients. These companies need trainers on contract basis or freelance basis. There are advertisements seen in newspapers or other places regarding the requirements of good trainers. Organisations like National Skill Development Corporation, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna, National Council for Vocational Training funds companies and organisations to conduct skill-based trainings for employability. So these funded companies need good trainers. 
There is a demand for training professionals in the State of Assam or in the Northeast, apart from other places. As we do not have many trained people who can train people, so most of the times resource people are invited form other parts of the country to impart training. Young people who are interested to become trainers must be skilled enough in networking with different agencies which needs trainers. One must brand himself or herself as a good trainer to get more assignments on a regular basis. 
Aspirants may decide on whether they prefer to become a corporate trainer or trainer related to development fields. The skills needed for both are the same but people who want to be trainer in social issues or related to development work should have more passion about it, as it is not only to earn money but also contribute in social change. Perspectives of different trainers may be different as corporate trainer would impart training for the growth of the staff who can contribute for more earning and productivity. On the other hand, trainers who conducts programme for NGOs or Non Profit Organizations should keep in mind that they are focusing on social change. Career options for trainers are booming and our students may plan to become good trainers and contribute towards development.
 
SCHOLARSHIP UPDATES
 
Netherlands Fellowship Programme: Working professionals may apply for the Netherlands Fellowship Programme for Short Courses 2017 to enhance their capacity through education and training in different universities in Netherlands. This fellowship is fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Last date for application varies from university to university. 
AICTE Scholarship: AICTE has announced two scholarships, namely Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girl Students and Saksham Scholarship for differently-abled Students. For Pragati Scheme: Two Girls Child per family are eligible, who's family income is not more than 8 lakh per annum during the preceding financial year (in case of married girl, the income of parents/in-laws, whichever is higher will be considered) . For Saksham Scheme: Specially-abled Student, having disability of not less than 40% and family income not more than 8 lakh per annum during the preceding financial year (in case of married girl, the income of parents/in-laws, whichever is higher will be considered). Details of the Scheme are available on the AICTE website, www.aicte-india.org, and last date for submission of application forms is 30th November, 2017