training needs analysis

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is the technique of assessing the training required to fill the gap between what skills and knowledge are currently possessed by employees, and what ought to be possessed. A training needs analysis can therefore not only address present deficiencies, it can also act as a developmental tool to allow managers to project future needs in line with the strategic aims of the organization. Typically, the analysis will take place at three levels: first, the corporate level in order to establish organizational needs in line with the overall business objectives (see human resource planning); second, the departmental level, addressing the training required by different functional groups, project groups, and teams; third, the individual level, establishing specific employee requirements. [See appraisal.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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