Structured On-The-Job Training (OJT) Programs
OJT refers to training by an employer that is provided to a paid trainee who is engaged in productive work in a job. OJT:
- provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job;
- runs for a duration appropriate to the occupation for which the participant is being trained, taking into account the training content as well as the trainee’s knowledge and prior work experience.
Federal Workforce Investment Act funds reimburse the employer up to 50% of the wage rate of the trainee for the extraordinary costs of providing training and supervision related to training.
OJT is the process of directing and managing employee performance of assigned tasks in the actual work setting. OJT is a good way to prepare a candidate who has some of the skills, but not all of the skills required to perform a job.
Formal, structured on-the-job training is set up based on job and task analysis. The employer outlines the essential steps required to perform a position, including both tasks and knowledge. This ensures that all employees learn all of the job’s components in a consistent manner.
Qualified, seasoned, employees serve as trainers. A dedicated trainer will make the on the job trainee comfortable with all of the following phases of training on the job:
- Preparing for the task
- Introducing the training topic
- Demonstrating the task
- Breaking the task down and providing time for practice
- Evaluating task performance
A formal, structured on the job training opportunity assures that the new employee will learn the skills and knowledge required to perform a job, meeting the employer’s standards for quality productivity as well as work ethic.
For more information, contact Michael Fay at (315) 339-0046, ext. 226.