University of Nottingham Malaysia
Nottingham University Business School

Executive Education: Training Needs Analysis

Date: 24-25 April 2019
Venue: Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Normal price: RM2,600/person
Registration deadline: 29 March 2019

This is a two-day programme for executives and managers with the responsibility of identifying and developing training needs as part of the organisation’s overall staff skill development plans.

The primary focus of this course is to provide you with practical knowledge and skills in analysing the training needs for the staff. The techniques and methods used in developing a Training Needs Analysis enables you to plan and channel resources towards the designing of an effective staff training development and work improvement plan. 

Programme overview 

Training and development activities are pivotal for the effective performance management of employees. The primary purpose of conducting training is to assist people to be more effective in their jobs. However, many times it fails to address the specific needs of an organisation, department or staff. The implementation of training and development activities should be based on the critical needs of an organisation. Therefore, Training Needs Analysis (TNA) is an important step in assessing the current and future requirements of an organisation. It should identify the KSAO (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Other Characteristics) deficits, determine who requires training and development programmes, as well as the type of training programmes required.

Upon completion of the programme, you should be able to 

  • Perform organisation analysis in relation to performance
  • Identify discrepancies or gaps between employees’ skills and the skills required for effective job performance 
  • Predict future skills required for successful job performance 
  • Identify specific training programmes and activities in relation to identified gaps 
  • Write a TNA report and present it to management 

Programme outline

Day One

  • Introduction and workshop aims
    Training vs Learning
    Nature of learning - behaviourist, cognitive, social learning 
  • Practical characteristics of learning and development  
    The learning cycle - Kolb; Honey and Mumford 
    Identify learning and training needs
    Behavioural competencies
  • Analyse, evaluate and determine training needs
    Data collection methods 
    Gaps analysis
  • Instruments for TNA 
    Organisation analysis 
    Department analysis
  • Instruments for TNA   
    Job analysis
    Person analysis

Practice and sharing.

Key take away points. 

Day Two 

  • The ADDIE model  
    Review of the model 
    Applying the model for training
  • The Kirkpatrick model  
    Description of the model
    Evaluation of training using the Kirkpatrick model
  • Developing a TNA action plan
    Reviewing a training needs circumstances 
    Writing a structured TNA plan
  • Presentation of TNA Action Plan
    Participants to present their TNA action plans
    Review of TNA plans 

Key take away points
Reflection on programme objective

About the programme leaders

Mr Mathew Abraham had been working in the corporate sector, primarily in logistics services, for eight years in the Human Resource field, handling functions ranging from Recruitment & Selection, Training and Development, Performance Appraisal and Compensation, and Industrial Relations matters. He has conducted numerous in-house training programmes for staff on soft-skills as part of training and developmental activities. He later moved on to the education sector and began teaching modules on HRM and Management both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Beyond teaching, he has held the roles of Director of MSc Programmes at the School and was previously the Faculty Manager of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Mathew has a bachelor’s degree in Management from University Sains Malaysia, and a master’s degree in HRM and Industrial Relations (IR) from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has also completed a Professional Post-Graduate Diploma in HRM from the Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management. In addition, he holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the HEA UK. His current research focus is on talent practices in SMEs. Mathew is a Malaysian Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) Certified Trainer (TTT/7175).

Ms Vanitha Ponnusamy is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Management at Nottingham University Business School Malaysia. She has a degree in Anthropology and Sociology and a Masters in Human Resource Management. She has been teaching and training on topics related to Sociology, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management for the past 19 years. She is also the Campus Senior Tutor who manages peer mentoring to improve students teaching and learning experiences. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Sustainability, particularly in looking at responsible business decisions. In addition, she is also engaged in cross disciplinary research on the social dimension of human-elephant conflict. She is a Malaysian Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) Certified Trainer (TTT/7180).




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