Making the Connection: Effective Ways to Link Training Needs to Organizational Goals (2012)

The goal of this project was to identify existing organizational needs assessment (ONA) tools and to determine whether they are currently being used by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project included a literature review; a broad scan of Canadian organizations and national training-related networks; and focus groups and interviews.

Based on their findings, the authors conclude that SMEs have limited awareness of skills and training needs and may not be aware of how training might be linked to productivity.

They also found that most SMEs are unaware of currently available ONA tools and models. Formal needs assessments are rarely conducted in SMEs and the few SMEs that actually conduct organizational needs assessments mostly do so in an informal manner that may lack the rigour to identify priority issues or improve learning, job performance, or business outcomes.

The authors provide a number of suggestions to encourage wider adoption of ONA tools, including the development of a tool tailored to the needs of Canada’s SME community; initiating an awareness program; promoting peer-to-peer networking arrangements; and encouraging government initiatives that offer a blend of financial support and professional facilitation to help SMEs implement organizational needs assessments in their workplaces.

This document was prepared by the Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS), a business/labour organization that encourages participation and investment in skills development in Canada’s workplaces. For more information, please click here: http://www.workplaceskills.ca.

Get resource
Added: 
2012-12-13
APA citation
Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS). Making the Connection: Effective Ways to Link Training Needs to Organizational Goals 2012. Web. 4 Dec. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cws/making_connection/making_connection.pdf>
Centre for Workplace Skills (CWS) (2012). Making the Connection: Effective Ways to Link Training Needs to Organizational Goals. Retrieved December 4, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cws/making_connection/making_connection.pdf
© 2022 Copian Library