Workforce Training & Development Needs Assessment

Align Training with Demand

By taking a strategic approach to workforce planning we secure, develop, and retain the skillsets to meet organizational needs today and tomorrow.

The Business Imperative for a Workforce Training and Development Needs Assessment


Labor force problems remain severe and unmet labor demands continue to stifle growth expectations. And while we have witnessed a slight reentrance into the workforce; countless others resist, resulting in significantly lower participation rates than a decade ago (U.S. Department of Labor). Companies continue to do more with less but at what cost? They also struggle with skills mismatch, failing to have the right talent in the right positions at the right time. The ever-increasing costs associated with talent require a new approach, one that improves productivity and enables growth. It is appealing to look for short-term solutions to talent related challenges. However, another approach may help organizations and communities reap benefits in both the short-and-long-term. To improve, if not completely resolve the skills mismatch challenge, we need to identify the skills needed by employers and then develop training and professional development programs to upskill talent as needed. The first step in this solution involves a workforce training and development needs assessment. Then, companies, communities, and providers can use a data-informed approach to decision-making that promotes the creation of programs tailored to fluctuating regional, community, and organizational needs.

For Indiana, the time is now. We are positioned for growth and prosperity given the anticipated impact of the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) that dedicates $500 million in state appropriations designed to attract talent and promote economic growth. The funding enables progress on a significant scale but requires a new approach to solving the skills mismatch.

Ensure your team members have the right skills at the right time.

A workforce training and development needs assessment can capture the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by organizations to achieve their goals. A valuable needs assessment is one that identifies gaps between current and desired outcomes. This, in turn, can support the redirection of resources to align with actual demand, ensuring developmental programming aligns with identified needs. A needs assessment can also help identify reasons for gaps and recommend solutions to reduce or eliminate any gaps.