On-the-job training has consistently been an important part of learning. Learners are often paired with a person who knows how to do the task and the tools required for the task. The skilled worker can certify through observation that the learner has competency in the tasks required to do their job. Because this training takes place on-the-job, it can be very realistic and no transfer of learning is required to apply it directly to the job. It is often inexpensive because the equipment used is not different than what is normally used on-the-job, though it often takes the learner out of production during the learning activity similar to other learning methods (online and instructor-led).
For many organizations, on-the-job training represents a large proportion of their training curriculum. We'd love to better understand the role of on-the-job training in your organization and how you keep track of these competencies. We'd also like to deeply understand the challenges you experience in this type of training and discuss innovative ideas for helping you be successful in your on-the-job training programs.
Some questions to help guide the discussion:
1. What proportion of your training curriculum is on-the-job training vs online training or instructor-led training?
2. What are some examples of on-the-job training conducted in your organization?
3. How are learners certified in your on-the-job training?
4. What are your challenges with conducting on-the-job training?
5. What are your challenges with tracking on-the-job training?