The Importance of Training Needs Assessments

It's tempting NOT to do a training needs assessment since it takes extra time, but it's a step that should precede any instructional design, but also every single training delivery.

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.

We've create a tool that will guide you through both the logic and steps of doing a training needs assessment quickly, but effectively. Click here.

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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.

Training needs assessment - Templates - Microsoft Office Online By Microsoft
A simple free tool in the form of a free excel template that can be used to record how many employees need what training. It's basic. Hits: 260 )

How to Conduct a Simple Training Needs Assessment - That Works By Heather M. Hatfield
This training needs assessment works best in small to mid-sized organizations. It will give you a quick assessment of the training needs of an employee group. This training needs assessment helps find common training programs for a group of employees. Hits: 1131 )

Needs Assessment - The First Step By Robert H. Rouda & Mitchell E. Kusy, Jr.
A simple, easy to follow four step model for assessing training needs, from gap analysis, determining priorities, finding root causes, and identifying possible solutions. Hits: 218 )

Learning Needs Analysis - Rationale and Steps By Socrates
Explains the importance and rationale of doing learning needs analysis prior to training design, and provides some basic steps to follow. Hits: 209 )

Managing Employee Skills & Knowledge By n a
Investing in staff training is one of the keys of staying competitive in today's business world. This article will provide you with six steps for implementing staff training in your organization. Hits: 437 )

Future Focus: A New Approach to Self Assessment for the Owners of SMEs By David Milstein
Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) are reluctant to invest in training, even though in this “new economy” skills are increasingly the differentiator between success and failure. The author outlines a new approach to conducting training needs analyses that assists getting these businesses to invest in training. Hits: 378 )

Training Needs Analysis - TNA By n a
The training needs assessment (TNA) is best conducted up front, before training solutions are budgeted, designed and delivered. The output of the needs analysis will be a document that specifies why, what, who, when, where and how. Find out the questions that need to be answered in order to conduct a thorough training needs assessment. Hits: 923 )

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