Comparison of a sample of training need indicators



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Although very comprehensive assessments of training needs are described and prescribed in the literature, organizations often take shortcuts in order to save time and money. However, which of many potential training need indicators are most effective and should be included in abbreviated training needs assessments is unknown. A questionnaire was administered to salaried refinery employees (n = 188) to assess training needs. The responses were analyzed to determine which of several employee characteristics and job characteristics best identified training needs. Task importance ratings, job level, and department were the best indicators of training needs, but provided somewhat redundant information. Experience, education, race, sex, and age were not found to be useful indicators. In selecting a subset of variables to measure, higher value should be placed on job demand information than on employee characteristic information. Limitations of these findings and future research needs are discussed.



Employees, Job training, Petroleum refineries