The Importance of Training Needs Assessments
Two Types Of Training Needs Assessments
There are actually two types of needs assessment that are critical to getting a return on investment for training.
- For A Specific Course Offering: The more you understand the participants in a specific training group, the better you will be able to select the best content and activities for that specific group, and use examples that make sense for that group. If, for example, you use examples that do not make sense to people there, or are inapplicable to their work environment, you "lose them" and damage your own credibility.
- Across The Organization Or Workgroup: This type of needs assessment attempts to get out what training needs people in your target group have. What skills do they need to improve their work performance? This "bigger" assessment tries to tie learning to job performance, and is essential in maximizing return on investment.
Why Do A Needs Assessment For Each Delivery?
We do a needs assessment for each and every training project. Why? Here's the reasons in point form:
- Every group comes in with different levels of experience, skill levels and concerns. While I may know about the last group, I need to know about the next ones, too, even if they come from the same workplace.
- You can't tailor each delivery of training unless you know what the participants need. And if you miss the mark, and don't meet their needs, they will perceive both you and the content as irrelevant, something you won't be able to fix after the fact. The client looks bad, also, for arranging for training that doesn't fit.
- A proper needs assessment allows you to use examples, role plays and other exercises that will resonate as real and relevant, and that's a key to establishing credibility of the material, and the trainer.
What About The Investment of Extra Time To Do Training Needs Assessments?
It doesn't have to be a huge investment. We have a standard questionnaire that we use, particularly when the participants are far away. it gives us enough information to tailor the material and process, because of the way we've crafted the questions.
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Doing a training needs assessment is important so that training is not wasted, and maximum benefit is received by both employees and the company. In this section you'll find information about needs assessment strategies and practices, needs assessment checklists and tools, and other resources related to training.
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