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Conducting a Learning Needs Analysis

What is a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA)?

So, you wanna create awesome learning experiences, right? Well, step one is all about figuring out what your peeps actually need – and that’s where Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) comes in.

Why LNA Rocks

LNA isn’t just about guessing what people need to learn – it’s about diving deep and figuring out exactly what knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to crush it in their roles. Whether it’s mastering new software or nailing safety protocols, LNA helps you pinpoint the good stuff that’ll make a real difference.

How We Do LNA Like Pros

Ever wondered how we tackle LNA in high-risk industries? Well, let us spill the beans.

Step 1: Set the Scene

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, we gotta get the lay of the land. That means understanding why we’re here, what’s at stake, and how we can make a difference.

 

Step 2: Mind the Gaps

Next up, we’re all about filling in those knowledge gaps. From reviewing skills matrices to identifying key risks, we leave no stone unturned. After all, in high-risk industries, safety isn’t just a priority – it’s a way of life.

Step 3: Know Your Audience

Now it’s time to get to know the players. Who are they? What do they need? And where the heck are they located? By understanding our audience inside and out, we can tailor our solutions to fit like a glove.

Step 4: Get Creative

With all the pieces in place, it’s time to get down to business. From face-to-face training to eLearning to good old-fashioned on-the-job learning, we’ve got a toolkit full of tricks up our sleeve.

Step 5: Let’s Make Magic Happen

With our plan locked and loaded, it’s go time. We roll out our solutions, gather feedback, and fine-tune as we go. After all, learning is a journey – and we’re here to make sure it’s a damn good one.

Ready to Dive In?

Think you’ve got what it takes to tackle LNA like a pro? Check out our toolkit and get ready to take your learning to the next level. And hey, if you’d rather leave it to the experts, we’ve got your back. Let’s chat and see how we can help you crush it!

References

[1] Safe Work Australia (2018). Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities, Australia 2018. Retrieved from Safe Work Australia.

[2] WIOA Australia (2019). The Technical Competency Handbook: Knowledge, skills and competency development for water industry operations staff.

[3] Training Industry, Inc. (April 11, 2017). Training in High-Risk Industries

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Learning Needs Analysis

Steps to conduct a learning needs analysis:

  1. Establish context
  2. Review KASH
  3. Assess capabilities
  4. Understand resources
  5. Design solution

The purpose of a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) is to determine the learning needs. These needs may include knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to perform a role correctly, efficiently and safely.

The purpose of a Learning Needs Analysis (LNA) is to determine the learning needs. These needs may include knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to perform a role correctly, efficiently and safely.

Learning needs are knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to perform a role correctly, efficiently and safely. Examples include communication skills, technological skills, mindset shifts, leadership skills, performance management skills.

A training needs analysis is critical in determining:

  • The primary cause/s of the problem, opportunity, or need
  • The audience/s with capability gaps
  • Areas where performance problems, opportunities or needs are caused by a lack of skills, knowledge or required behaviour
  • A recommended solution (and the role learning may play)
  • Learning program and performance outcomes expected by the organisation

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