A vocational training instructor teaches students how to perform certain jobs or trades. Examples include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), automotive trades, plumbing, cooking, hairdressing and certain healthcare jobs, among others. The vocational training instructor may be given material to teach from, or they may be responsible for developing the curriculum and lesson plans in a way that matches the goals of the course and institution. Vocational training instructors must teach lessons that are both informative and interesting to students, which includes hands-on demonstrations, visual aids and student evaluations. The instructor must stay up to date with developments in their field to incorporate into lessons. Additionally, they must keep accurate student records and grade students' work in a timely manner.
Vocational training instructor positions usually require extensive experience in the field in which the instructor is teaching. Relevant certification and/or registration related to the trade may be needed as well. In general, a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent is needed in addition to their trade-related training, experience and certification. A bachelor’s or a master’s degree may also be required for some positions, though some employers allow experience as a substitute for education.
Vocational Training Instructor Tasks
Make lesson plans and determine best instructional methods for conveying subject matter.
Recommend improvements in curriculum and updates to accommodate new technology.