Vocational training teachers work to help high school graduates, prison inmates, and other adults prepare for a variety of careers. A bachelor’s degree and verifiable work experience in the subject they will teach are generally required for this position, and applicants are also expected to have completed education courses in evaluation and assessments, teaching principles, and instructional theory.
Vocational training teachers must be able to recognize their students’ talents and potentials, and strong written and verbal communication skills are important in this position. Some states require vocational training teachers to be licensed or certified, which requires passing teacher proficiency tests and criminal background checks, and the ability to speak a second language such as Spanish is beneficial but not necessarily required. Vocational training teachers must develop and implement lesson plans specific to the classes they are teaching, and may be required to develop Individualized Employment Plans (IEPs) for each student and issue grade reports. They may also assist with job placement and keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date by attending relevant training classes and workshops.
Vocational Training Teacher Tasks
Instruct postsecondary students in vocational training in industrial, commercial, and government sectors that may include industrial machine, equipment, or transportation operation.
Supervise and mentor student projects and field placements.
Administer oral, written, or performance exams to measure progress and training effectiveness.
Evaluate students' progress and offer feedback.