The paper "Assessment of Development Needs of Ford Australia Staff" is an outstanding example of a business assignment. Training and development activities are designed to impart specific skills, abilities and knowledge to employees. As engineers start taking management roles they come into a position where they must manage professional people, and this is a difficult task. Personal and interpersonal management skills and Team management skills are probably the most difficult. This demands a participative style, with a sharing of responsibilities and the development of individual skills within the team (O'Driscoll et al.
1993). Considering these difficulties in imparting the necessary skills Ford Australia has directed its HR department to develop the interventions and strategies to inculcate these skills into its engineers. The training process starts with the needs assessment in which the needs of engineers are known which helps in designing the training and development process. This can be done by observations, reviewing the company’ s records and by some tests. For different-2 skills, different-2 strategies are also used. For interpersonal skills the role plays, case study methods are used, while for team skills, case studies, small task and sensitive training methods are used.
For leadership skills, no specific method is available since but above-mentioned methods can also be used for that. After training and development, the evaluation of that process is mandatory which can be done at four levels namely, reaction, learning, behavior and results. For evaluation number of methods can be used important being the use of experimental and control groups to see the changes that training has brought in the trainees. Introduction: In certain organizations, the technical upward movement of engineers is prematurely truncated (Yeh, 2008) and because of that, they can not move up to the managerial position in the organization.
But certain organizations (such as Ford Australia) have recognized their value in managerial positions and are putting afford into transitioning them from just an engineer to an engineering manager.
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