Training Need analysis

Training must be relevant to companies and meet their needs while simultaneously enhancing the staff’s existing skills levels.

A Training Needs Analysis is the systematic investigation of training needs within an organization.

It is part of a process which integrates training with the business or development plans of an organization.

  1. What does TNA include?
  1.  Knowing what the organization is trying to accomplish and the history of its training
  2.  Understanding what needs will be addressed by the training and the resources available for the same
  3.  Any recent process or procedural changes
  4.  Who needs to be trained and who can serve as subject matter experts
  5.  Understanding the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  6.  Reviewing job descriptions and organization charts
  1. Why TNA?

A TNA provides information on the training and skills development requirements of all members of your enterprise. It is one of the key steps in preparing a training plan and will enable you to:

  1.  Identify the gap between current and required levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude
  2.  Identify what the general content of training should be
  3.  Form the foundation of a training plan
  4.  Provide a baseline for the evaluation of a training plan
  5.  Ensure that appropriate and relevant training is delivered
  6.  Maximize use of scarce resources

Making assumptions about the training needs of members can be misleading. A genuine and thorough TNA by SOHAM Learning will add considerable value to outcomes and be a useful tool in terms of achieving member commitment to the organization and its aims and objectives.

  1. What are the benefits of TNA?
  1.  Identifies performance goals and the knowledge, skills and abilities needed
  2.  Identifies gaps in training provision in sectors and or regions
  3.  Helps direct resources to areas of greatest priority
  4.  Addresses resources needed to fulfill the organizational mission
  5.  Improves productivity, and provides quality products and services

Conducting training programs which are an outcome of the TNA will ensure that companies experience a variety of benefits such as

  1.  Improved profitability
  2.  Lower staffing costs
  3.  Production improvements and
  4.  Staff development
  1. How is TNA Conducted?

Many needs assessments are available for use in different employment contexts. Some of the sources that help determine which needs analysis is appropriate for a specific situation are:

  1.  Organizational analysis
  2.  Personal analysis
  3.  Work/task analysis
  4.  Performance analysis
  5.  Content analysis
  6.  Training suitability analysis
  7.  Cost benefit analysis

SOHAM Learning deploys basic Needs Assessment Techniques like

  1.  Direct observation
  2.  Questionnaires
  3.  Consultation with persons in key positions
  4.  Review of relevant literature
  1.  Interviews
  2.  Assessments/surveys
  3.  Records and report studies
  4.  Work samples