Nature and Importance of On-the-Job Training
Confucius once said: "If all I do is hear, I will forget. If I hear and see, I will remember. If I hear, see and do, I will understand." On-the-Job Training, (OJT) is job training that occurs in the work place. It is part of a college curriculum that aims to train and orient students about the work and can help them to become more familiar with the realities of working and the type of their future career. The students learn the job while doing the job. The goal of the OJT program is to place the trainee in occupations that will enhance her prospects for long-term employment and will ultimately permit her to become self-sufficient. OJT involves the acquisition of specific skills and employment competencies, through exposure in an actual work setting, to the processes, work tasks, tools and methods of a specific job or group of jobs.
It is the responsibility of supervisors and managers to utilize available resources to train, qualify, and develop their trainee. On-the-job training (OJT) is one of the best training methods because it is planned, organized, and conducted at the employee's worksite. OJT will generally be the primary method used for broadening trainee skills and increasing productivity. It is particularly appropriate for developing proficiency skills unique to an employee's job - especially jobs that are relatively easy to learn and require locally-owned equipment and facilities.
The OJT program served as the career exploration and preparation for the needs of trainee.