Tips for Making On-the-Job Training Successful

Tips for Making On-the-Job Training Successful

Throughout our working careers, we are all bound to have a range of encounters with On-the-Job Training (OJT). In some roles we may have received structured OJT, while in others it may have been less organized or perhaps even nonexistent.

In general, OJT occurs when one person, most often the supervisor or lead of a work area, passes job knowledge to another person. Training an employee on the job can be an effective teaching method because it gives the learner practical experience with the tools and equipment they actually work with each day.

Learning through hands-on interactions with experienced employees is crucial. In fact, research has shown that 80 to 90% of an employee’s job knowledge and skills are learned through OJT. So how do you make this experience better for everyone?

Structure Your OJT

On-the-job training is a valuable way to train new employees, but it can be ineffective without some structure. Unstructured OJT can be problematic because the content may be inaccurate, represent an accumulation of bad habits, spread misinformation, or include possibly unsafe shortcuts.

On the other hand, a structured OJT plan helps ensure all employees who do a specific task are taught the same skills and activities in a standardized way.

Here are some tips for creating a structured OJT plan:

Structured OJT does require adequate forethought and planning, but doing so will help your on-the-job trainers pass down their knowledge efficiently and effectively, and you will also give new employees the best possible chance of success.

OJT Advantages and Disadvantages

Of course, no training method is perfect for every situation. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering an OJT:

However, the advantages of structured OJT far outweigh the disadvantages. Here are just a few of the numerous benefits of OJT:

Common OJT Instructor Errors

As with any training delivery, there is always room for improvement. Here are some of the most common instructor mistakes we see with OJT programs:

Make Your OJT Successful

As with any delivery method, the decision to implement OJT involves an analysis of the current training situation, budget, resources available, and time constraints. OJT may be the solution when training a small number of learners, provided that experienced instructors are available to lead the training. Structured properly, OJT can be a dynamic delivery method for organizations – one that enhances both the instructors’ and learners’ working experience

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