Learning While Working: Structuring Your On-the-Job Training

Learning While Working: Structuring Your On-the-Job Training

by Paul Smith


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Don’t Leave On-the-Job Training to Chance
People become experts at their job by learning while doing. But when your employees need to develop a new skill, how do you ensure they all receive the same experience if a trainer isn’t leading and guiding them? Most on-the-job training programs leave learners to sink or swim with whomever is overseeing their work. One worker may excel with a mentor who allows her to take charge of what she learns—while a second may get someone who uses the opportunity to offload paperwork and other administrative tasks.
Learning While Working: Structuring Your On-the-Job Training shows you how to provide the focus and direction needed to track on-the-job progress and build a pipeline of better-skilled workers. Author Paul Smith combines real insight into building a structured program for project managers at the Waldinger Corporation with in-depth interviews of experienced learning and development professionals. Discover how a well-designed structured on-the-job training program can be your company’s talent development answer to a Swiss Army knife.
This book doesn’t prescribe a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, it will help you prepare a tailored, sustainable structured on-the-job training program for your organization. Included are practical tips to set defined roles for the learner, mentor, and trainer; create a tracking tool to clearly document skill growth; and ensure organizational learning gets put to use.
On-the-job training won’t replace all employee development happening in the classroom, online, or through peer sharing of best practices. But by bringing order to these often disconnected and siloed efforts, you can fortify the learning structure that your organization needs to succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947308541
Publisher: Association for Talent Development
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 508,080
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul Smith has spent more than 25 years coordinating the development of training resources to support corporate initiatives and individual improvement toward achieving success. He has designed, implemented, and evaluated instruction in both the public and private sectors, as well as for all career levels and learning styles. He serves as The Waldinger Corporation’s talent development manager.
Paul is very active within the workplace learning and performance profession. He regularly meets with legislators and Congressional staff members to promote support of legislation with benefits to the profession. He served eight years on a local Association for Talent Development chapter board. He’s currently a member of ATD’s Public Policy Council and the Central Iowa Workforce Development Board. He also chairs the Region 11 WDB Planning & Operations committee. He has also written multiple articles for ATD on structured on-the-job training. This is his first book.
For more information about Paul’s background and experience, please visit www.linkedin.com/PaulSmithATD.

Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. Anticipating Business Needs2. What Is Structured On-the-Job Training? 3. Why Do SOJT? 4. Getting Broad Input and Support5. Building a Solid Foundation6. The Tracking Tool7. The Mentors8. Implementation9. Review and ReflectAbout the AuthorIndex

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