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Training Need Assessment and Design

A professional, comprehensive Training Needs Analysis (TNA) must be carried out in order to provide your new network with concrete data and information to make informed decisions on the direction and activities of the network.

A TNA is the systematic investigation of training needs within an organisation. It is part of a process which integrates training with the business or development plans of an

As high quality, relevant training is the central purpose of a network, it is essential that sufficient time is allowed for this critical task. It should also be noted that the TNA should be revisited on a regular basis during the life of the network to ensure that training provision remains relevant.

Why do a Training Needs Analysis?

A TNA provides information on the training and skills development requirements of all  members of your network. It is one of the key steps in preparing a training plan and will provide you with information on which to base your network‟s training plan every year. It enables you to:

  • Identify the gap between current and required levels of knowledge, skills and
  • 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

The experience of training networks demonstrates that making assumptions about the training needs of members can be misleading and that a genuine and thorough TNA adds considerable value to outcomes and is a useful tool in terms of achieving member commitment to the network and its aims and objectives.

Benefits of a Training Needs Analysis?
  • Identifies performance goals and the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by a company’s workforce to achieve those goals
  • 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, improve productivity, and provide quality products and services

Training must be relevant to member companies and meet their needs while simultaneously enhancing the staff‟s existing skills levels. By conducting an extensive TNA for your network and delivering training to meet the requirements of member companies, companies can experience a variety of benefits such as improved profitability, lower staffing costs, production improvements and staff development. The focus should be placed on the collective needs identified by member companies that add value and impact to their competitiveness while also developing the employ-ability of the workforce.