The training unit of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) organized yet another knowledge acquisition and skill development workshop tagged TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT) for all IITA Youth Agripreneurs as part their capacity development programs.
The workshop which commenced on the 2nd of June, 2014 is being handled by a team of 4 led by Mr. Philip Olugbenga, from the Consultancy services unit, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
The overall aim of the TOT workshop is to enable ALL IYA members to completely design, implement and evaluate quality objectives of their training activities. This will invariably enhance the capacity of the members and enable them to work SMARTLY.
At the first day of the workshop, IYA members were introduced to the whole program of the workshop which is to take 5 days. Introduction to Training and Development was the first topic to deal with, including the definition of terms such as Training, Facilitating, learning, knowledge, skills, attitude etc.
From the introduction, the term “training” is related to Education, Human Resource development and learning, which are also referred to as the concept of training. “Education is the process of the individual mind, getting to its full possible development” – Dr. Zakir Husain. Education provides knowledge which has to do with ideas, facts, reality etc. As for human Resource development, it’s a long term process of growth and development for a worker and manager throughout the career. It includes training, career planning, performance appraisal, coaching, counseling, job rotation and management education.
The purpose of this learning workshop is to introduce new behavior or modify existing behavior of all IITA Youth Agripreneurs, which their respective job and responsibilities required.
The key attributes of change are knowledge, skill and Attitude and by the end of the workshop, any of the three or all would have been enhanced and or modified.
Emphasizing on the training objectives, the introductory speaker, Mr Tony Umoh said the training objectives must be SMART, i.e. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Training brings about dynamism called change and should form part of an individual, organization, community and all nations for effectiveness in economic development and sustainability including Agriculture .