EFFECTS OF WORK ENVIRONMENT ON STAFF TRAINING TRANSFER IN GHANAIAN TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS
This study sought to determine the effect of post-training work environment on the transfer of competencies of middle-level staff from 2 Technical Universities and 2 Polytechnics in the northern sector of Ghana. The mixed study was a sequential explanatory research. Respondents were drawn from the NPT/GHA 045 leadership and management capacity building project for middle-level staff of Technical Universities and Polytechnics. A 5-point Likert scale questionnaire and a semi-structured interview guide was used to gather data from respondents who were made up of 24 (58.5%) Academic staff and 17 (41.5%) Administrative staff totalling 41 respondents for the study. The closed ended items were analysed using Statistical Product and Service Solutions version 19 and results reported using means and Standard Deviations. Open ended items were thematically analysed to support results from the closed ended item analysis. The results revealed that respondents found relevance of staff training, learnt new things and noticed improvement in their competencies for their career prospects. However, the perception of the respondents pointed to the fact that there was little or no support from colleagues in transferring the competencies acquired from trainings. The study also revealed that respondents had low motivation to transfer training competencies. Since Technical Universities and Polytechnics produce critical manpower for industry, Post-training work environment was critical for staff training transfer with a lot of implications for the management, leadership, growth and development of the institutions. The study recommended that training programmes should be aligned with the institutional vision, mission and goals. Again, resources committed into staff training should also budget for enhancements of the work environment to accommodate training transfer using modern technologies.
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