Carry out a training needs analysis

Key points

  • A training needs analysis involves a structured investigation into the training requirements of some or all employees in the organisation. It helps the employer find the best balance of skills and abilities within its workforce and creates a framework for managers and staff to work towards.
  • A training needs analysis exercise should look at what skills the organisation needs to carry out its work and fulfil its priorities and how far the current employees are equipped with the required skills. The organisation can then identify any shortfall.
  • A formal training needs analysis involves the use of job descriptions, a matrix diagram to aid the analytical process, and a number of practical steps, such as interviewing individual employees or carrying out staff surveys.

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