Training Needs Analysis (TNA) definition

Training needs analysis is concerned with addressing skills gaps at the organisational level, the group level and the individual level, and falls under the remit of learning and development. Training needs analysis should be conducted at all three levels to ensure the maximum return from training and skills throughout the organisation.

A TNA pinpoints the required level of skill/knowledge and the current level of skill/knowledge – the ground in between is the gap. As well as identify this gap, training needs analysis is also designed to identify the most appropriate training to bridge this gap.

The techniques used in training needs analysis can vary and include SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis, one-to-one interviews and SMART objectives.