Advantages of Structured OJT


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 •For many kinds of jobs, structured OJT has been proven to be the most effective, efficient method of learning job skills to increase productivity and quality. 

 •You can follow classroom, web-based, and off-site instruction with SOJT to ensure job competency.

•SOJT ensures that performance assessment can be done at Kirkpatrick’s level 3, job performance. See  Kirkpatrick’s 4 Levels of Evaluation Model

•SOJT is just-in-time (classroom training is often just-in-case).

•Learning is immediately relevant to the work of the unit, whether it deals with materials, information or services.

•SOJT reinforces work relationships, especially when the supervisors are involved.

•Trained SOJT trainers reduce mis-learning and ensure that employees learn the most expert methods. 

•Instructors use training plans to determine the most productive use of time—who needs what skills the most to improve efficiency of the unit.

•Instructors use job aids to ensure learning is most efficient and job performance is most effective.

Advantages of Structured OJT Compared to Other Methods

• SOJT can be used for all types of business and government entities.  Equally beneficial for service industries or government agencies as for manufacturing.

•Informal peer training—the “hidden OJT” that teaches inconsistent and ineffective practices—is reduced or eliminated.

•New employees will learn their jobs somehow. If the only way they have to learn is from fellow workers, they are more apt to learn the wrong techniques, produce more waste, cause safety errors, and in other ways cost your company money.

Informal on the job training•Studies show that employees who are trained with structured OJT require only 20% as long to achieve mastery as those in informal OJT. The 80% difference is time your employees can spend being productive.

•Studies also show that structured OJT is only half as expensive as informal OJT in terms of supervisor’s time, and reduced output and quality.

•Informal OJT is unplanned, un-evaluated, un-documented, and un-supportive of quality and ISO programs.

•Structured OJT is planned, prioritized, and scheduled. Trainers are trained; trainees learn quickly and correctly, and are evaluated; and, the results are documented, so quality and ISO programs are supported.

•Structured OJT can support your classroom training and internet training by providing follow-up on-the-job practice to ensure real competence.

•Finally, structured OJT is faster, better, and cheaper than informal OJT.

•Make your own comparison:  SOJT vs. TWI and SOJT vs. OJT