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Anyone who fulfils an activity linked to the (theoretical or practical) training function, either in an institution for education or training, or at the workplace.


Two categories of trainers can be distinguished:

  • a professional trainer is a training specialist whose job may coincide with that of the teacher in a vocational training establishment;
  • a part-time or occasional trainer is a professional in various fields who takes on, in his/her normal duties, part-time training activity, either in-company (as mentors and tutors of recruits and apprentices or as training providers) or externally (by occasionally offering their services at a training establishment);
a trainer may carry out various tasks:

  • design training activities;
  • organise and implement these activities;
  • provide the actual training (transfer knowledge, know-how and skills);
  • help apprentices develop their skills by providing advice, instructions and comments throughout the apprenticeship.
Cedefop, Glossary. Terminology of European education and training policy, (accessed 03/2023)

A person with pedagogical and professional skills, as well as experience, who imparts practical and theoretical training in an education and training institution or enterprise.

ILO, Glossary of Key Terms on Learning and Training for Work, 2006

Those who are primarily responsible for imparting practical vocational skills.

OECD, Glossary of terms used in the international survey of VET systems, 2009

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