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Computer Trainer / Instructor

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Computer Trainer/Instructor
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Occupational Category

ICT Professionals N.E.C.

Also included in this category:

IT consultants; software testers; systems testers (computing); telecommunications planners; business analysts (computing); system analysts; systems consultants; technical analysts (computing); technical architects; internet developers; multimedia developers; web designers; web design consultants.

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Part time workers: 6%
Aged over 55: 11%
Male / Female: 79 / 21%
Non-Nationals: 23%
With Third Level: 96%
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Computer trainers teach people how to use and get the most from their computer systems.

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Computer trainers teach people to use computers in businesses, schools, colleges, universities and employment training schemes. They may be working with people who have no previous experience of computers, giving them a basic understanding of the technology, or they may be showing more computer literate people how to use a specific computer system or software product. Trainers support people's learning, encouraging those who may be quite frightened of computers and gradually enabling them to become more confident and self-sufficient.  
Trainers cover a wide range of computer related subjects, depending on who they teach.  
Trainers also help people to learn how to use application packages such as SAP. Companies usually require assistance in learning how to implement such complex systems.  
Trainers sometimes use self-teaching packages. These are computer programs that guide the trainee through a system, explaining each step along the way. Trainers monitor how the course members are progressing and give them any help they need.  
The length of training courses varies depending on the trainees' needs. Some are short, for example, those that cover word processing or database systems, while others last for several months.

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To be a computer trainer, you need a thorough knowledge of the systems or equipment that you will train people in. Also, you must have an interesting teaching style and an outgoing personality. You'll need strong communication and interpersonal skills to explain things clearly and concisely to people who may have little knowledge of computers. You should have the confidence and ability to train groups of trainees, as well as the patience to give one-to-one help when someone needs it.  
The ability to explain ideas clearly and succinctly is desirable in a teacher especially when dealing with complex information. Good written skills will help you to produce course notes and outlines. You will need to work closely with people to assess their needs. You must be able to encourage people who are confused or even scared by new technology, using tact and sensitivity.  
Good organisational skills will help you to plan training sessions and prepare course materials.  
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as the technology and computer industry is constantly changing and improving.

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Organisation: ICT Ireland
Address: Confederation House, 84/86, Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1500
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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 644 7820
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Organisation: ECDL Ireland
Address: ICS SKILLS, Crescent Hall, Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2
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