Definition - What does On-The-Job Training mean?
On-the-job training (OJT) refers to instruction and guidance that is provided as part of a person's employment. This type of training is provided in the workplace as a part of the person's daily work schedule. During OJT, the trainee may have the opportunity to learn the incremental steps of a job, learn by watching fellow employees perform tasks, and become familiar with the job's tools and workstations.
On-the-job training is usually directed by someone familiar with the job tasks for the particular job. Fellow employees, supervisors, managers, or dedicated instructors may provide on-the-job training. Some common forms of OJT include job coaching, instructional training, apprenticeship, or mentoring.
SureHire explains On-The-Job Training
On-the-job training (OJT) may be thought of as learning by doing. This type of training gives an employee the chance to learn and practice the skills required for a job in a real work environment. OJT may be provided by an employer as part of their normal worker development system. The employer may also choose to provide OJT in response to incentives offered by state or federal agencies as part of a workforce development initiative. This type of initiative is sometimes referred to as an employer incentive program (EIP). OJT may also be used when upgrades or equipment changes are implemented. In this case, someone from outside the company may come in to provide the training for the employees.
Individuals who have participated in a vocational rehabilitation program may participate in OJT to assist their transition into the workplace.