A problem solving culture goes beyond a change in mind-set.Todays   work environment requires employees to be skilled in performing complex tasks in an efficient, cost effective and safe manner. Successful training needs analysis will help identify those who need training and what kind of training is needed. For the organisation’s sake, it is one of those strategic initiatives taken to delve deeper into the ways to enrich the competency, capability and potential of the organisation. Training need analysis helps to put the training resources to good use. Analysing what the training needs are is a vital prerequisite for any effective training programme as new technologies and flexible working practices are becoming widespread leading to changes in the skills and abilities needed.
Training need analysis is concerned with addressing skills gap at the organisational level, the group level and the departmental level in order to help the organisation to perform effectively Armstrong (2010).A training need analysis is therefore the process of identifying the skills deficiency and associated training need. Training analysis is also the process of collecting information about an expressed or implied organizational needs that could be meet by conducting training Kotter (1996). The training analysis process helps the trainer and the person requesting training to specify the training need or performance deficiency based on organizational goals and the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities of the employees.
A training need analysis examines the current state of performance and defines the desired state of performance Hollenbeck (2010). Effective training depends on knowing what is required for the individual, the department and the organisation as a whole. Dowling and Welch (2004) state that managing the succession of talent is a vital strategic process that minimizes gaps in leadership and enables best people to develop the skills necessary for future roles. Training...