Training Needs Analysis

IPS International is one of the UK’s leading training providers of maintenance engineering training and consultancy nationwide. IPS has a proven track record with over 30 years’ experience of working in industry developing training solutions that are of sustained value and benefit across many business sectors. IPS International develops training strategies and solutions through analysis of training need, excellent course design and successful implementation…

Three methods of technical training needs Analysis

1. Technical Profiling
2. Competence Assessment (CAS)
3. Plant Needs Assessment

The profiling process provides a detailed analysis of the gap between the skills of the maintenance team and those required to maintain and improve plant and equipment. The process is very time-efficient and is carried out with the candidate through a structured one to one interview.

A range of standard profiles
We have profiles to meet the needs of your business.

  • Electrical maintenance
  • Mechanical maintenance
  • Instrumentation
  • Fault finding
  • Safety
  • Measurement and control
  • Variable speed drives
  • Programmable Logic Controllers

 Competence Assessment
Competence Assessment (CAS) is a practical skills test measured against standard criteria where a candidate demonstrates that they can actually do and complete specified tasks. A wide range of tasks can be completed in a day and sufficient variety to assess skilled multi skill craftsmen.

Plant needs assessment
This takes the form of a plant and equipment review to determine the skills needed to maintain the plant and respond to breakdowns. This can be particularly useful where new plant and equipment is installed in an older plant.



  • Time efficient and accurate
  • Clear graphical presentation
  • Analyse skills by:
    – Individual
    –  Team
    – Technical discipline
    – Shift
    – Department
  • Pareto Analyses of Capability
  • A means of evaluating flexibility
  • Identify strengths and training needs


Use it to

  • Assist in the selection process for new staff
  • Identify training need
  • Ensure skills balance between teams
  •  Improve performance



This profile shows an Electrician working in a dual skill Electrical/Mechanical role.
The chart shows good capability in core skills including knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers. In this case the profile indicates potential development needs in Mechanical skills of Bearings, Gears and Couplings and DC Drives.

This profile shows a team of six instrument maintainers in a process industry.

In this instance the team could be strengthened by providing training in controllers, electronics and fault diagnosis skills. A comparison of individual within the team would define who would most benefit.