NAIT has a successful history of developing programs and training institutes around the world. Our capacity building projects are designed to improve the abilities, skills and expertise of your local educators. We endeavour to design practical competency programs that are customized to meet the specific needs of each country’s business and industry. Our curriculum development focuses on the outcome of each customized program, letting our client’s needs guide the instructional and facility requirements.
As illustrated in the model above, NAIT believes that a strong institute encompasses the following 4 cornerstones.
- A strong curriculum validated by industry.
- Well-trained instructional staff, both technically and pedagogically.
- Practical training resources and facilities capable of recreating industry-quality scenarios.
- Organizational structures and strategies to fully support the educational process.
Capacity Building Phases
NAIT uses a 2-phase approach to every capacity building project that we develop and deliver: needs assessment and implementation. The needs assessment helps determine if any gaps exist between the current situation and the desired training outcome, enabling a more effective implementation of the overall program.
The diagram illustrates a typical feasibility study that we've used when helping an institute develop higher standards.
- Assess local training infrastructure.
- Identify local graduates' current skill levels upon entering required industry.
- Check local instructor’s current academic credentials and related industrial experience.
- Document competency details.
- Familiarize with local training provider’s organizational structures and processes.
- Meet with local industry contacts for input into the curriculum design.
- Review plans and curriculum details with major industrial partners to ensure validity in the local setting.
- Identify the required skills and competencies for working in the local industry.
- Develop an overall project design and verify a preliminary curriculum.
- Determine equipment and consumables required to support the training programs.
- Identify and confirm appropriate technical, academic and project management counterparts.
- Prepare a training project critical path, which is a plan that identifies the desired outputs, training models/activities, time requirements and approximate costs.
- Develop local staff through interaction and exposure to appropriate NAIT programs and provide training as required.
- Provide ongoing guidance and support to local training centres.
- Develop curriculum based on required competencies, as validated by local industry.
- Design and develop laboratory and industrial shops, including equipment and consumables procurement, commissioning and start-up.
- Create quality control manuals to facilitate guidance and adherence and to elaborate upon processes to track key performance indicators and foster continuous improvement.
- Audit quality control leading to NAIT joint accreditation of training programs.