Program Type: In-Country Program /
Venue: Sri Lanka /
Date: 10 – 14 December, 2012 /
Organizers: Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC) and Department of Technical Education and Training, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Sri Lanka /

1. Program Focus

Employees are said to be the most valuable assets in an organization, and that an organization is only as good as its people. Only through them can organizations achieve their objectives. It is therefore important that employees possess the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) in order to achieve their organizational goals and remain competitive and successful. A formal approach for organizations to update employees acquisition of job-related KSAs is by training. From a human capital theory perspective, training is investment rather than consumption.

A systematic and periodic review of current and foreseeable organizational training needs links training to real world results and goals. It provides a realistic basis upon which to plan, budget, direct, and evaluate an effective training program. Training Needs Assessment (TNA) takes cognizance of the need to develop competent, resourceful and responsible personnel in the government or non-government organization to steer the tasks of nation building. It seeks to strengthen the capacity for effectiveness of public or private service at all levels of government/non-government through the delivery of continuous, competency-based, responsive and demand-driven training.

To ensure the best possible returns for the organization, training and development activities, like any investment, have to be targeted, planned and managed. First and foremost, the training and development required for the organization to achieve its objectives must be properly identified and prioritized. The purpose of training needs analysis is to identify performance requirements or needs within a department/ organization in order to channelize resources into areas of greatest need those that closely relate to fulfilling the organizational mission, improving productivity, and providing quality services. Thus, it is imperative to organize training programs for all the stakeholders and raise their awareness and knowledge of approaches & innovation, technique & methods, the best practices and models in Training Needs Analysis in Asia Pacific region especially within the CPSC member countries and explore the ways to involve all stakeholders in the local context.

2. Objectives

At the end of the program, the participants are expected to:

  • Understand the need and importance of training needs analysis in the TVET sector
  • Identify the concerns, issues and challenges related to TNA in the context of Sri Lanka
  • Comprehend techniques and process for identifying training needs
  • Design training needs assessment instruments
  • Develop and evaluate training program based on training needs
  • Prepare an action plan for TNA project in TVET system

3. Key Components

  • Training Needs Fundamentals, Principles and Applications in TVET Sector\Training Needs Analysis Models, Techniques and Process
  • Design TNA Instruments and Training Program
  • Evaluating Training Program
  • Best Practices and Action Model of TNA in Sri Lanka
  • An Integrated TNA Approach, TNA Framework, Appropriate Instruments, TNA Administration and TNA Proposal Development
  • Action Planning for a TNA Project in TVET Sector

4. Target Group

40 staff selected from Colleges as well as from DTET head office involved in R&D and/or human resource development related functions.