Train the Trainer

1, 2 & 3 Day Courses

Who Is This Course For?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to design and deliver highly engaging and motivational training courses.  It is recommended as a first course for newcomers to training, and can be adapted for more experienced trainers seeking to refresh and learn new techniques.

We have the perfect balance between theory and practice.  All delegates are asked to bring a short training session with them, relevant to what they will deliver for real.  All theory is directed back towards each person’s short session to enable both understanding and practical application.



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What Will Learners Gain From Participation?

By the end of an etimes2 Train the Trainer programme, learners will be able to design and deliver highly engaging training courses.  You will:

  • Know what makes training courses great
  • Understand the difference between ‘knowledge’ and ‘understanding’ and be able to achieve the latter in your training
  • Know the psychology of learning and memory and be able to structure your training to maximise learning
  • Understand the dynamics within training groups and workplaces and know how to deal with these to deliver a great learning experience
  • Know how to grab your learners’ attention and maintain engagement throughout


What is my approach on this course?

Our Train the Trainer is a practical blend of delivery, feedback and application of theory.

From my experience of training and attending Train the Trainer programmes, I believe that participants on a Train the Trainer course benefit more from practical application based on theory rather than a heavily theoretical programme with a short delivery session at the end.

On this course, learners will deliver 3 times with feedback, enabling them to apply their learning and test it.  This approach gives the participant a solid context in which to apply the theory and my 3-step model (ABC) ensures s/he will rethink how training is structured and prepared. The result is an intense and enjoyable learning experience.

Course Outline

N.B.  The outline below is based on my flagship 3 Day Train the Trainer (over 100 learners completed this course last year).  1 and 2 day options are available and will be based on similar content.


Pre-course preparation: participants will be asked to attend with a 20 minute training session prepared on a topic of their choice.  This is not to be simply a presentation.


Day 1 AM

  • Introduction, aims and objectives
  • What makes a great trainer (exercise)
  • Individual delivery (only the trainer and tutor present)
    • 2 minute unseen training session, video and review
  • Barriers to learning
  • Visual aids
  • Training needs analysis


Day 1 PM

  • The training cycle
  • Learning theory
    • Barriers to learning
    • Learning styles
    • Conscious Competence
  • Communications and training
    • Getting your message across
    • Self-awareness – your values etc & impact on how you train
  • 4 minute training delivery (videoed)

Day 2 AM

  • Day 1 review
  • Review – 4 minute delivery videos
  • Planning a training session
  • Objective setting
  • ABC – Attention; Breaking down the session; Checking understanding
    • Practical training session design activity



Day 2 PM

  • Preparing a session plan
  • Developing resources / learning materials
  • Communications and training:
    • Listening & questioning
    • Giving feedback
    • Body language


Day 3 AM

  • Day 2 review
  • Managing the learning environment
  • Your audience
  • Evaluating training
  • 20 minute training session delivery (video)


Day 3 PM

  • 20 minute training session delivery (video)
  • Training session reviews & discussion
  • Action plans
  • Endorsed Award Assessment (optional)
  • Programme review & evaluation


Optional Certification

ILM Endorsed Award – Train the Trainer


ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) is the largest leadership and management Awarding Body in Europe.  It is also part of the City & Guilds Group.

Meet the Trainer

Nigel McPolin

Founder & CEO

An MSc Occupational Psychology graduate from the School of
Psychology, Queen’s University of Belfast , Nigel has over 22 years’
experience across the sectors – public, private and not-for-profit.

He specialises in delivering highly practical Train the Trainer courses that are particularly suitable for in-house trainers tasked with delivering legislative, safety and on-the-job training.  His relaxed and friendly style enables conversational training where learners feel safe to explore, discuss and enjoy the learning session.

Contact Details:

tel: +44 (0)28 9581 8090
mobile: +44 (0)79 6875 6056


Twitter: @etimes2ltd

Client Testimonials

“Forced me to go out of my comfort zone in presenting, which I enjoyed afterwards!  Informal – relaxed by his style” Driver Training Manager

“Nigel is a fantastic trainer, great knowledge and experience of course.  He really helped me overcome nerves/fears while training” Area Administrator

“I really enjoyed my 3 days.  Nigel was excellent.  I found the training very interactive and relaxed.” Area Trainer

“Plenty of time allocated.  Videos great to learn from.  Great trainer. Very much enjoyed it.” HR Manager

“Enjoyable.  Relaxed.  Informative.  Rewarding.” H&S Manager


Follow-Up Support

Participants on etimes2 training programmes are invited to join our exclusive social media group for on-going support and development.  This is open-ended and included in the cost.



Is this course suitable for new/inexperienced trainers?

Yes, absolutely.  Our practical focus is perfect to get new or inexperienced trainers off to a great start.  We work with delegates building them up towards delivering a polished training session.  Our approach is to get each delegate delivering very short sessions right from the start so they can get feedback.  Opportunities to implement that feedback is built into the course allowing the learners to work on and improve their training sessions and delivery.

Can this course be delivered in your company?

Yes.  This course is perfect for inhouse delivery. If this sounds right for you, please contact us for a chat.