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Looking for work or a job as a freelance trainer? Leaving a teaching job to be a corporate trainer? Below we look at the best places to find work as a freelance or corporate trainer

How to find a freelance trainers job

What is a Freelance Trainer?

A freelance trainer normally refers to a person who offers corporate workshops or training, or who creates their own workshops and classes for adult learners.

This is NOT a trainer in the sense of a personal trainer such as in a gym or sports center, but rather someone who teaches subjects such as soft skills, equality and inclusion training, interpersonal, and business management skills.

Qualities of a Freelance Corporate Trainer

A freelance trainer will generally need the following skills:

TIP: In workshops ensure that you hand out a feedback sheet at the end of the lesson. Use this feedback to then improve how you provide training and also use this as proof to clients of the high-feedback rates that you will begin to get as your perfect how you provide training!

What Rates Can a Freelance Trainer Expect?

The rates vary so greatly that it is genuinely very difficult to answer this very commonly asked question. Let me give you some pointers though:

  • It depends on the exact subject you are teaching so income as a trainer can vary drastically.
  • It also depends on if you are working completely freelance (you can charge per day) or if you will work as a trainer, as an employee of a company.
  • Assuming you will work as a freelance trainer, if you organize your own workshops, then after renting a room or venue, and after buying the training materials, the profits are yours. So, if you charge $295 (or £295) for a 2-day workshop and have 20 attendees, you can quite easily make $2000 (or £2000) a day.
  • You will need to consider though marketing costs as a freelancer.

Where to Find Freelance Trainer Jobs

1. Register Your Details for Free with Symonds Training + Add Your Own Trainer’s Page

We would be very happy if you wish to register with us here at Symonds Training, given that we get contacted by employers on a regular basis, looking for trainers.

Please follow this link to email us and we will send you a form by email to register as a trainer with us. You can also request a trainer’s page on our trainer’s area.

2. LinkedIn (Worldwide)

LinkedIn might be a social media site that is excellent for business networking, but it is also a fantastic place for finding freelance and corporate trainer work.

Try these two links to find relevant job opportunities:

3. Indeed (Worldwide)

There are two key jobs pages and terms on Indeed.co.uk that you will want to use to find training jobs. These are:

Indeed is one of the best sites if you are UK based.

You can sign up for their ‘Jobs by Email’ but DO make sure that you further refine your search before setting this up, to make sure that you get good and relevant emails.

Corporate trainer
Corporate trainer

4. Total Jobs (Worldwide)

Another of the best job search sites is Totaljobs.com, who has localized listings for countries including the UK, USA, Australia and Canada and many others.

Similar to if you use Indeed.com, I recommend to use the email notifications but ensure that you really refine the requirements.

If you cannot do a job more than 25 miles or KM away from where you live, make sure to set this in the filters for the jobs you do want.

5. Reed (UK Only)

Reed.co.uk is an excellent source for finding training jobs and is the site I used myself in the past.

I often found the best freelance trainer and corporate trainer jobs listed on Reed.

Certainly a site I would recommend to upload your CV (resume) to, but do make sure that you keep it up-to-date (something I used to forget to do). An out-of-date CV means you’ll get postings about unrelated job opportunities and this is poor time management in terms of your daily tasks.

On the Reed site, these are the pages to navigate to:

6. Zip Recruiter (USA)

Zip Recruiter freelance trainer jobs

If you are U.S. based or looking for work in the U.S. then Ziprecruiter.com is one of the best sites for finding trainer related work opportunities.

7. Naukri (India)

Naukri trainers jobs

One of the leading job sites in India and also a great resource for those of you looking for a corporate trainers job in India is Naukri.com.

There always tend to be numerous positions listed for Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, and Gurgaon.

You can find their listings here:

8. Seek (Australia, NZ, China, Brazil)

Seek is a job search site that is particularly strong in the Oceanic and Asian market, particularly in Australia and New Zeland.

Freelance trainer jobs in Australia with Seek

You can use these resources for the Australasia region:

9. Workopolis (Canada)

Workopolis training jobs

For opportunities in Canada, Workopolis is another interesting option for finding a trainer’s job vacancy.

Workpolis list work opportunities that are available to both English and French speakers. See:

10. Trainers Talk (UK)

Trainer's Talk

One option, although they do not list job opportunities and they charge a subscription (so this is maybe not your best or first option), is Trainer’s Talk.

Run by Sharon Gaskin, a UK trainer with several years experience, for a fee (your membership) she connects employers in the UK with trainers.

11. Glassdoor (Worldwide)

One more great option if you are looking for a freelance trainer job in the United Kingdom, USA and other locations worldwide.

Glassdoor is not as big as the likes of Indeed.com and Totaljobs but this site is certainly worth registering with.

12. Career Builder (Mostly USA but International)

Career Builder is a significantly sized player for jobs and employment opportunities in the U.S. market. They also though detail jobs further afield for freelance trainers.

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