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.
- What does TNA include?
- Knowing what the organization is trying to accomplish and the history of its training
- Understanding what needs will be addressed by the training and the resources available for the same
- Any recent process or procedural changes
- Who needs to be trained and who can serve as subject matter experts
- Understanding the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Reviewing job descriptions and organization charts
- 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:
- Identify the gap between current and required levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude
- Identify what the general content of training should be
- Form the foundation of a training plan
- Provide a baseline for the evaluation of a training plan
- Ensure that appropriate and relevant training is delivered
- 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.
- What are the benefits of TNA?
- Identifies performance goals and the knowledge, skills and abilities needed
- Identifies gaps in training provision in sectors and or regions
- Helps direct resources to areas of greatest priority
- Addresses resources needed to fulfill the organizational mission
- 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
- Improved profitability
- Lower staffing costs
- Production improvements and
-  Staff development
- 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:
- Organizational analysis
- Personal analysis
- Work/task analysis
- Performance analysis
- Content analysis
- Training suitability analysis
- Cost benefit analysis
SOHAM Learning deploys basic Needs Assessment Techniques like
- Direct observation
- Consultation with persons in key positions
- Review of relevant literature
- Records and report studies
- Work samples