WISE conducts a training needs analysis

By Adithya Asprilla

Training targeted at the most urgent needs will enable WISE team members to become more effective at their roles. [In this photo, the Phnom sanitation project team are preparing to interview residents of Phnom Village on their eligibility to receive a latrine construction subsidy. 📸 Andry Hamida (July 2018)]

Every organization must have a desire to develop the ability of its members to work more effectively. That is the reason behind WISE’s decision to conduct a training needs analysis (TNA), as part of its internal learning program. This program aims to help create effective learning tools for its members. Currently WISE is developing an internal training curriculum that can later can be aligned with the result of the TNA.

“TNA is a process that identifies and prioritizes training needs. Organizations have limited budgets. Thus, it is extremely important that organizations identify the most urgent needs so they can develop and fund training activities that can help them the most,” explained team member, Nicholas Boon. The curriculum will be more efficient and productive when WISE knows what their members’ aspirations are.

WISE also believes that learning through a systematic curriculum is really important. Especially when the organization intends to build the competencies of its members to improve their ability to support WISE’s activities. The TNA itself will be crucial in bridging the needs of the members, and organization, with the scope, design, and also delivery of internal trainings. Those factors will provide a strong foundation for the development of future internal learning. And it will stay relevant to both its members and the organization.

The TNA process is like doing a research project where data will be collected from the members. Nicholas is not doing this by himself, there is a team that is led by WISE’s core team members, namely, Lim Sojiwin. This learning team will later analyze the data and report their findings to the core team. According to Nicholas, members so far have been open to the team in their responses and have provided them with a rich amount of data. “The clearer the scope the better the data. Usually a TNA is done with a clear target group which can be an industrial sector, a whole organization, a specific department of an organization, or a specific role in an organization. For this TNA, we have decided to do it organization wide so training can be developed for all members, as all members are important regardless of their roles and positions,” Nicholas added.

Later, the data will be used to tailor training to WISE’s members. The data will help WISE understand what members want to learn, and what kind of training is needed to achieve this. The core team of WISE will be in charge of developing learning material and providing learning opportunities for subjects that are within their range of expertise. However, Nicholas doesn’t rule out the possibility help will be needed help from external experts who truly understand the subject matter.

For now, the training curriculum and material is still being developed. When it comes to development, Nicholas foresees that there will be challenges that they have to face, particularly when it comes to contextualizing materials because WISE’s members have different expertise and come from various cultures. Simple actions like translating the materials to local languages will make it easier WISE’s members to understand the material.

Adithya Asprilla is a writer who was mobilised through UNV’s Online Volunteering Service. This article is also available in Bahasa Indonesia.

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