On the job training

On the job training is employee training at place of work while he or she is doing the actual job. Usually a professional trainer or experienced trainer conducts these types of activities. I remember when I first started my construction career years back I was expected to take part in 2 weeks supervised on the job training to apply my skills that I had learnt during my training. This did not stop there every now and then we are expected to do some on the job training to keep our skills are up to date.

It is the process of teaching an employee to complete the key activities that are needed for the job that they are hired for. On the job training can be done to implement a new system, changed procedure of something, added new task to jobs. Imagine a company you work for implemented a new system of production, will you be comfortable to do the job without receiving any training or demonstration on how to operate this new system. The company can teach one person and the person can be responsible to teach everyone else in different scheduled times. What are the benefits of doing this on the job training?

Conducting training in a separate environment is often avoided by several companies for various reasons. Firstly, it does not waste a lot of time as workers are trained using the equipment they are going to be using in the real job. Usually most people who do not do on the job training even if the same services are done they still need to learn things or activities that are concerned with the specific company. During this time, we can kill many birds with one stone as not only you will learn how to do things but you will get used and feel comfortable in the environment. It is the chance to learn the policies and procedures gradually without any pressure as opposed to when you are working you must comply with these with no fail.

When doing on the job training one has an opportunity to ask questions and to be held by hand throughout the day or process. There is usually a mentor who is allocated to monitor a person when they are new to a job. Without on the job training at times you are confused as of whom to contact for any questions. When doing this training you will get clarification of anything that you do not understand. Prior to on the job training, you can just view a youtube tutorial. For example like the one below on building a brick wall:


It is good for the company as they train the person specifically for their facility for example specific machinery. This will help save a lot of money and resources as they won’t be practicing but doing the actual job and thus adding on to production. When a person does on the job training they are working but at a slower pace but at the end of the end of the day if it’s in a construction company they would have added to the progress made.

On the job training has a couple cons that are associated with it. Firstly, the hired trainer may not be equipped enough to conduct the training. There is a person in a company that might be good in doing their job but not good in teaching someone. Teaching is a skill which is not posed by everyone. It takes more than knowing the information that you need to deliver but also the skill of effectively communicating. Furthermore these on the job trainings are rushed to get it done as soon as possible and workers are often swamped with too much information making it hard to remember.

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