A skills training framework for staff of nonprofit organisations: an adult learning perspective
The study focuses on skills training needs of Nonprofit Organisations (NPOs) staff in the North West Province. The information gathered was used to formulate a skills training framework to address the identified gaps within the identified area. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) play a crucial role in the training and skills development arena. It was from this background that input was sought from the HEIs. The HEIs expressed keen interest to collaborate with NPOs in the skills development and training arena. The theoretical framework used was constructivism. The study used the premise that the NPO staff should contribute to knowledge on how best they can be assisted in acquiring skills to perform their obligations and duties effectively and efficiently. A mixed methods methodology was applied in the study. This method was chosen because it brings benefits of both qualitative and quantitative approaches by providing a complete understanding of a research problem than either approach alone. The literature review highlights the International, African and South African perspectives regarding the origins, formation and current status of NPOs. This was linked with the NPO staff as adult learners in the context of their learning on the job. NPO staff members were engaged through questionnaires and interviews to gather information on their skills training needs. HEIs were also engaged through questionnaires and interviews to find out where they can assist in addressing the identified skills training needs and gaps. Having gathered information from the key role players in the study: HEIs and NPOs, the study proposes a skills training framework. This framework can be used to address the identified NPO staff skills training needs.