Training Needs Assessment


Training Needs Assessment

How to identify needs for competence building in companies

The teacher as a designer of learning events – how to tailor make learning for a whole company

Presentation of a pilot project and reflection on the relevance and usefulness of joint nordic courses as professional development of adult educators.

Hrobjartur Arnasson, Lisbeth Junker Mathiassen

Today an adult educator has to be able to “put on many different hats” or take on many different roles when helping adults learn. This pilot project tried to address some “new” roles many adult educators find themselves having to play.

For the last 3 years an NVL network has been working on with the idea of creating and offering a Nordic Professional Development program. Hopefully, including courses from each of the 5 Nordic countries. Three courses have already been held as pilots.

In this session this idea of joint nordic professional development courses will be studied, and especially the pilot course held in Iceland: Goals, implementation and mainly – Lessons learned.


Specialists in many training institutions have experienced an increased demand for tailor made courses. Companies – as clients of training institutions – often demand courses which address company specific needs, and which are delivered in accordance to company culture. Thus the aim of this course is to help companies and educational institutions explore the value of common development of interventions aimed at raising employee competencies. Training specialists an training managers can during this course collaboratively explore ways of creating training events and learning opportunities which provide a timely response to the needs and challenges experienced within organisations.

During this course participants got to try out a toolbox of approaches and methods for facilitating the process of collaborativly creating and developing a joint understanding of training needs, and learning objectives to be addressed through learning opportunities. Based on these findings a training institution should be able to create concrete interventions to offer their clients.