Conventional ‘training’ in organisations is required to cover essential work-related skills, techniques and knowledge in South Africa. Majority of the article deals with taking a positive progressive approach to this sort of traditional ‘training’.
The most effective way to develop employees is quite different from conventional skills training. In many conventional skills training programs employees regard them, as quite negative. They’ll do it of course as they are part of the organisation and do not want to be seen as disruptive in the workplace. However majority of them will not enjoy it as the training is about “work”, not about themselves as people and how they can improve. The most effective way to develop people is instead to implement learning and personal development, with all that this implies.
So, of course training should still cover the basic work-related skills training to satisfy organisational goals and strategy. Training in South Africa should then also focus on enabling learning and development for people as individuals- which extends the range of development way outside traditional work skills and knowledge, and creates far more exciting, liberating, motivational opportunities – for people and for employers.
Rightly organisations are facing great pressure to change these days – to facilitate and encourage whole-person development and fulfilment – beyond traditional training in South Africa. This can be seen as the organisation taking an interest in its employees as individuals.
The above has explained that there are different training needs in South Africa, the following section will explain the various training needs: organisational needs; project, department or area or work; and individual needs.