Fact Sheet
Advisor, Training and Skills Development

Works in the Human Resources Department

A Training and Skills Development Advisor is the go-to person for everything related to training and skills development. The advisor manages the company’s various needs in that area but also helps employees individually with training, professional or career development, further schooling, etc. Multi-skilled, the advisor helps with the logistical and administrative aspects of developing training options, but the advisor’s role is the best expressed in drawing up skills development plans.


Analyse and assess needs

Amid the world’s fast-paced economic conditions, a modern company must remain competitive and invest in developing the skills of everyone contributing to its success. The advisor must therefore be able to analyse needs and respond to them efficiently and effectively. This involves designing training modules and finding the right trainers. The advisor also oversees the provision of training and provides the necessary follow-up.


The advisor’s duties may include setting up training programs specific to the company. In such contexts, the advisor promotes the training programs, selects the desired profiles and helps set up partnerships with various institutions. Depending on the sector of activity in question, the advisor may also promote the company when organising and leading trade and professional forums, seminars, visits and so forth.


“Advise and coach” are the advisor’s primary terms of reference. The advisor is the person everyone turns to when there is a need for reclassifying, retraining, upgrading, skills development and changes in career direction. Through active listening, coupled with skill assessments, personality questionnaires and clinical psychological tests, the advisor “diagnoses” a situation and proposes appropriate solutions. The advisor is the key player in ramping up the company’s competency. The advisor also coaches managers in their use of team management tools (end-of-year evaluations, new systems, etc.) and guides them through the various options available for enhancing their employees’ skills.

What are the essential qualities?

Precision and organisation

Administrative management, preparation of accounts and reports, and a number of other mandates all call for considerable organisation and precision, as well as an excellent editorial sense!

Curiosity and creativity

Whether conducting training modules or leading seminars, forums or workshops on various topics, the advisor’s creativity is ready for anything. Often asked to speak on various issues, the advisor must be curious and well-informed.


The advisor’s intervenes in a wide range of fields: administration, business, pure and applied engineering, and coaching, among others.

Educational requirements

The door to the advisor position is opened with a bac +5 in the humanities and social sciences, with additional skills in pure and applied engineering, human resources, psychology, continuing education, etc.

Depending on the professional’s or the company’s sector of activity, graduates of technical programs (school of engineering, school of commerce, etc.) are also sought.

Given recent developments in online training opportunities, familiarity with multimedia and e-learning would be an asset.

Solid work experience after a bac +2 might also open the door…

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