Learning While Working: Structured-On-the-Job Training Made Simple

Friday, December 7, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Paul Smith, Talent Development Manager, The Waldinger Corporation

Increasingly job roles require more “on-the-job” learning than classroom-based learning in order to successfully fulfill job duties in a time-driven environment. Yet as important as experiential learning is, too often “on-the-job” training is not treated with the same attention shown to classroom-based learning. Instead, we revert to a sink or swim approach, with very little guidance, minimal uniformity, and even less tracking of measurable learning. Instead of continuing on an unproductive path, consider throwing status quo approaches out the window, ignoring the training clichés, and investing in your own Structured On-the-Job Training (SOJT) program.  

During this session we will examine three aspects of an SOJT program:
• What defines a Structured On-the-Job Training program versus a standard OJT program.
• Why SOJT programs can prove very successful for the learner, the mentor, and the organization.
• How a variety of entities have implemented SOJT programs and the culture-changing benefits they have realized.


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Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Talent Development Manager, The Waldinger Corporation

Paul Smith has spent nearly 30 years coordinating the deployment of learning resources to support organizational initiatives and individual improvement.

Under his guidance, as Talent Development Manager, The Waldinger Corporation has developed industry-leading professional development programs in: structured experiential learning, pre-boarding of interns, efficient acquisition training, microlearning solutions, and built a curated central repository of developmental resources.

Paul has become a leader on the topic of structured on-the-job training (SOJT). He presents at conferences (including multiple years at ATD’s International Conference & Expo), has written trade articles, and is author of the book Learning While Working: Structuring Your On-the-Job Training.

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