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HRDC Manuals to Guide Businesses Identify Training Gap within Their Workforce

Date: May 10, 2012
Domain:Education & Training; Civil Service
Persona: Citizen; Government

GIS - May 10, 2012:The Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) launched two distance learning manuals on Training Needs Analysis and Generic Design of Training Programme during a ceremony held this morning at NG Tower, Ebène. The aim is to encourage local companies to carry out training needs analysis by providing TNA and training design techniques to a maximum number of employers.

The Training Needs Analysis (TNA) manual sets out proven methods to determine training needs within a company with real-life case studies conducted in Small and Medium Enterprises in Mauritius. The manual is designed to help companies identify the areas where training is required for their staff and to ensure that the right staff gets the right training at the right time.  On the other hand, the Generic Design of Training manual provides guidelines and recommendations for designing training programmes.

TNA is the first step in determining the gap between performance standards and an employee's skills level. In fact by identifying training gaps a company can save money. TNA consists of a series of activities conducted to identify problems or other issues within the workplace and to determine whether training is an appropriate option. It is the process of outlining the training needs of a business, the type of training required, the benefits to be expected and the costs and return on investment.

Both manuals have been prepared under the  project entitled, ‘Effective Training and Re-skilling of SME Cadres and Shop Floor Level Workers in Key Sectors’, in partnership with the Decentralised Cooperation Programme of the European Union. In this context, an expert from Denmark initially prepared a TNA manual for the training programme, which has subsequently been converted into a distance learning manual by HRDC, in collaboration with the Mauritius College of the Air.

The second manual on Generic Design of Training Programme targets those who design training programmes for SMEs, Training/Human Resource managers as well as professional trainers who use TNAs in the design of courses. The aim is to sensitise and standardise training institutions/trainers to design training programmes scientifically and professionally.

In his address at the launching ceremony, the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr. Vasant Bunwaree stated that Government wants Mauritius to be a competitive economy and an inclusive society, where the benefits of growth are distributed fairly and widely.  “We want the country to remain a vibrant land of opportunity which continues to attract investors, and which helps Mauritians to create a brighter future for ourselves” he added.

Government wants to encourage more enterprises, including SMEs, to conduct an assessment of their training needs and make informed decisions before they invest in training programmes, said the Minister.

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