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Jason Whitehurst — Training Manager

Name: Jason Whitehurst
Job title: Training Manager
Employer: James T. Blakeman & Co. Ltd.
Qualification: BA (Hons) Theatre, Television and Performance
Salary Range: £26,500 - £30,000

What does a Training Manager do?

As the Training Manager, I am responsible for making sure that all staff are trained in their roles. Their training must be in line with the law and meet the needs of the business and its customers. I conduct inductions for new starters and ensure that they settle into their new roles. I also deliver classroom-based training such as Food Safety Level 2, HACCP Level 2. I work with the Health and Safety Manager to facilitate courses such as Manual Handling. I also manager a team of trainers to conduct courses across all areas.

How did you end up in this job?

When I was 17, I worked as a Manufacturing Assistant at the company while I was studying at college. I left when I moved away to University. When I returned, I took on a different role, based on the factory floor and also started helping the IT department which developed my office-working skills. In 2016, When a Training Officer role was advertised, I applied, and after a two-stage interview process including a practical exercise, the company offered me the job. Since then I have shaped and developed the role myself and continue to do so to increase the training offered to our staff. In 2020 my role was changed to Training Manager after employing another Training Officer and changing the way training was delivered.  

How long have you been doing your job?

I began my current role in April 2020, but have worked in training since 2016.

If you could give your 16-year-old self some career advice, what would it be?

I would tell my 16 year old self to think about what they want to do after they’ve finished formal education, and to study subjects that will be helpful to them in their future careers.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I have started my CIPD Level 3 with plans on completing the Level 5 and Level 7. This was the companies plan to move me in to the HR department while overseeing the training department. In 5 years’ time I hope to have those courses completed and work closer with the executive committee of the company regarding HR.