Skill Gap Analysis for Enhancing Core Competencies of Trainers: An Analytical Study in Kerala

S. Aiswarya Monika Wason, R.N. Padaria and D.U.M. Rao

Abstract


Competent extension personnel need to possess both process and technical skills equally. Training plays a significant role in enhancing core competencies of extension personnel. Three training institutions: Community Agro biodiversity Center (working under an NGO), SAMETI (working under State Department) and CTI (under State Agricultural University) were chosen for the study. Purposive and Random Sampling were carried out for the study. The sample consisted of trainers from three different training institutes. Four different training programmes related to core competency development being organized during 2017-18 were selected purposively from each of the three training institutes. Five trainees for each training programmes were selected randomly with a sample size of twenty from each institute making sixty as total sample size. Questionnaire was developed for the study. Personal interview and focus group discussion methods were also used as tools for data collection. Eight core competencies were chosen for this study viz., communications kills, subject matter expertise, professionalism, programme planning and implementation, leadership skills, resource mobilization, ICT, and managerial ability for developing the Training Need Index (TNI) and Skill gap analysis. ANOVA test revealed that there is significant difference between six core competencies in different training institutes- communication ability, resource mobilisation, managerial ability, subject matter expertise, programme planning and implementation, to handle ICT’s. Post Hoc test with Duncan revealed that there is significant difference between three competencies–communication ability, resource mobilisation and managerial ability.


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