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Training program determines workplace needs

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SMC Pneumatics is now offering a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) program to assist customers in accurately determining workplace training needs.

The TNA program compares the skills required with skills held, and determines the existing skills gap. Implementing the correct training program, tailored to company need, is intended to bridge this gap.

SMC provides a range of professionally designed training courses from basic fluid power to the use of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for pneumatic systems.

SMC's professional training consultants are qualified in workplace training, metal & engineering competency standards, people training and development, total quality management (TQM) and work study. Qualifications are held in pneumatics, hydraulics, instrumentation and electronics.

The five-step TNA program covers consultation, skills analysis, skills audit, implementation and evaluation. The backbone to a successful analysis is full and proper consultation between management and employees.

Both need to understand the purposes of the analysis and the impact it will have on work and career progression. Realistic objectives and time frames need to be established and understood.

The skills analysis examines existing job descriptions and uses them as the basis for determining the key tasks for each job. The skills audit determines the competencies and qualifications actually held by employees.

The difference between the skills held and the skills required is called the Skills Gap. Once identified, the Skills Gap forms the basis for the implementation of ongoing training programs.

Built into the program is an evaluation process comparing objectives with results to ensure the training program has been successfully implemented.

SMC Pneumatics is a Registered Training Organisation recognised under the Australian Recognition Framework by the Training Recognition Council to deliver the course and issue the award of MEM40198 Certificate IV in Engineering - Higher Engineering Trade.

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