Why undertake a Training Needs Assessment (TNA)?Training Needs Assessment

A TNA provides a benchmark from which all learning can be based and provides a valuable appraisal and staff development tool especially when linked to a role based skill matrix.  Utilising a Traning Needs Assessment when developing a customised training program will save time and money.

Ask yourself these questions:

Are we:

  • embarking on a training programme?
  • wanting to know the skill level required for each role?
  • wanting to identify the skill level of our staff?

If the answer is Yes to one or more of these questions, we strongly recommend the completion of a Training Needs Assessment (also called Training Needs Analysis) by all staff members.

On completion we summarise the results in a training matrix that enables the development of an appropriately designed and customised solution.  The various methods that can be used to carry out the TNA, including advantages and disadvantages of each method, will be fully discussed with you.  The method used is dependent on your situation.

A TNA provides a benchmark from which all learning can be based and provides a valuable appraisal and staff development tool especially when linked to a role based skill matrix.

Completion of a Training Needs Assessment will provide:

  • A list of technology skills required for each role and each individual
  • An indication of individual training requirements for their role
  • A base to develop customised learning paths for each staff member

What are the outcomes of a Training Needs Assessment?

  • Focused learning
  • Productive learning
  • Inspired staff members
  • Increased productivity
  • Efficient use of time
  • Staff development records