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Set the Training Objectives

A training objective is a concise but clear statement of what the participants should be able to do at the end of the course or session.

Example: Training objective for an illustrated presentation might be:

“By review of the current Cleaner Production techniques available in Tanzania, give the participants an understanding of the range of options in use in the country.”

The training objective must always be written in terms of “ends” not “means.” It is not an objective to make a presentation or hold a case study. These are a means by which we achieve an end, in this case “understanding.” Objectives must define some change in behaviour or way of doing things.

Examples could be:
“At the end of this training programme on Capital Budgeting, the participants should:
– Appreciate the need for…… (Awareness and attitudes objective)
– Be familiar with…… (Awareness and attitudes objective)
– More fully understand…… (Awareness and attitudes objective)
– Be more knowledgeable on…… (Knowledge objective)
– Be able to…… (Skills objective)
Demonstrate ability to…… (Skills objective)”

In a two-day programme there will be one overall learning objective, but more specific learning objectives for each section or day.

The objective for a two-day programme could be:
“By study of national and international practice, develop a sound understanding of and selected skills in Capital Budgeting.”

While the objective for a particular session might be:

“At the end of this module the participants should have a sound understanding of how the pay-back method can be used in assessing the financial viability of a CP project.”

To meet the objectives we must also incorporate some test or evaluation to determine whether the participants do “appreciate”, “understand”, “are more knowledgeable on” or “are able to”.

We will look at this later to determine the performance criteria by which the success of the training will be measured.

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