Training assessments examine employee and organisational knowledge, skills, and abilities, to identify any gaps or areas of need. Once the training needs are identified, then you need to determine/develop objectives to be accomplished by the training which may take the form of updating existing knowledge, imparting new knowledge and introducing or updating practical skills. Differing training assessments are required for each of these areas.
Training assessments for practical skills training can take a number of forms including measuring the physiology of trainees during the session, the results of which can be compared with real-life examples.
In the chart above the practical training session comprised 9 sequential activities and not all trainees undertook each activity. The trainees are anonymised by the physiological monitoring device (PyD) they wore (SEM1 to SEM6) and the heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature were recorded. The chart above illustrates the heart rate of each individual participant through each activity (the breathing rate and body temperature charts are very similar). The red coloured bars represent the average heart rate for the activity and the blue bars are the actual individuals’ readings.
It is clear to visualise that the person, SEM1’s, heart rate is significantly above the norm for that group in every activity, possibly indicating that the person is under stress in this situation. At the end of the course SEM1 took a written test and passed. Knowing an individual trainee’s physiology during training may provide an insight on that person’s ability to perform operational duties. For example; should this have been a firearms training exercise, based upon the heart rate and breathing rate anomalies, the instructor may further wish to explore SEM1’s ability to work under pressure before being exposed to a real situation.