An investigation into training needs analysis for technical staff within Libyan industrial companies

Shibani, M.A., 2016. An investigation into training needs analysis for technical staff within Libyan industrial companies. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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The development of competent technical staff for industrial companies is vital for a sustainable economy in Libya and is one of the key factors that will enable the industrial sector to grow. Thus, Libyan industrial companies (LICs) are able toidentify training needs for the preparation of training programmes for technicians. This study focuses on the verification of practice of Training Needs Analysis (TNA). According to the researcher's knowledge, no significant research has been conducted in Libya regarding TNA, although some studies have focused on training and
development, technical and vocational education. Therefore, this study can be considered as the first of its kind and a contribution to existing knowledge in this field. The main purpose of this study is to understand the TNA process in LICs and to investigate how TNA is applied in practice. It aims to assess whether the concept of TNA can be applied to these companies' activities, and explores the application of
TNA at the Libyan Iron and Steel Company (LISCO) and National Cement Company (NCC). This study employs a descriptive methodology, with two data collection methods
used (qualitative and quantitative). The qualitative method involved a semistructured, face-to-face interview with managers responsible for training. Quantitative data collection used three forms of questionnaires to collect data from three key groups in the selected companies: technical staff, line managers and those responsible for training. Findings drawn from the interviews and questionnaires indicated that all respondents held similar views on the importance of TNA and its methods, and that the
identification and analysis of training needs is an important requirement for success in any training programme. Participants also disclosed that these companies do not
have a formal TNA system, and instead implemented it on a piecemeal basis rather than through a systematic long-term policy to address individual and tasks' needs. There is no comprehensive framework for all stages of the TNA process.
The study's findings support a holistic approach to TNA. One of its key contributions was the development of a theoretical TNA framework in a Libyan context, which was based on western models (Blanchard and Thacker's, 2003 model
and Goldstein and Ford's, 2002 model). This suggested framework details the critical factors that can enhance or hinder the success of the TNA process. Therefore, this study contributes to the development of TNA in the LICs and demonstrates that it has implications for both managers and practitioners, such as identifying training needs, nominating for training, and the selection of training programmes. Also, this research forms a basis upon which future research studies can be conducted.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Shibani, M.A.
Date: October 2016
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 21 Feb 2017 16:34
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2017 16:34

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