On-Job-Training (OJT), is a hands-on method of teaching the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to perform a specific job within the workplace. Students learn the job in actual working site in real life situation, and not in the simulated environment. They learn in an environment where they will need to practice the knowledge and skills obtained during their training. OJT uses the existing workplace tools, machines, documents, equipment, and knowledge to teach an employee how to effectively do their job. The emphasis is placed on rendering services in the most effective manner rather than learning how to perform the job
This training is provided by the co-worker, training manager, or professional trainers. The motive of on-the-job training is to train the workers on a certain skill set, which they will use in day-to-day tasks. It allows students to gain experience working in situations very similar to those they’ll encounter on a daily basis. They will use the same tools and equipment they need for their job while being guided by an experienced trainer or manager.
SYSTEMATIC LEARNING: OJT focuses on hands-on experiences with tools and technique rather than theoretical knowledge, which helps trainees to understand industry practices and processes. The student-trainee can try out the tasks on their own and clear their doubts, while being supervised by the trainer.
PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION: Training on the job is given to the student at the work locations, which makes it easy for them to connect with their co-workers, and employers. Moreover, they become more familiar with the workplace and work culture of the company that enhances the professional orientation. These include company hierarchy, dress code, safety practises, industry jargon, productivity expectations and working relationships with colleagues.
QUICK PRODUCTIVITY: Industry or any Workplace wants to onboard new employees as soon as possible rather than wasting their resources on bench. OJT helps student-trainees to learn quickly and gives hands-on experience at their working location itself. This also helps the company to onboard them as per their requirement and eliminates the bench time.
FEEDBACK DRIVEN GROWTH: During OJT, all the things are supervised under a senior employee who guide student-trainees and provide feedback as per performance. These feedbacks are very valuable to improve the skills, as it is given by someone who already has hands-on experience and knowledge of the tools and technique.
EMPLOYMENT READINESS: In OJT, the student-trainees get an opportunity for active participation in service or production related professional activities complying with the organisational culture. It shapes and assures their overall employability aspect after they complete the programme. Always, they remain as the first choice for the Industries because of their immediate productivity at the workplace. They are considered as trained and experienced.