Does having curricula make OJT structured?

The Evolution

First there was “Just go follow Joe around” training …

And then came “and it shall be documented” …

Next the follow up question:  “Are they trained in everything they need to know?”

So line managers used the SOP Binder Index and “Read and Understand Training” became a training method…

But alas, they complained that it was much too much training and errors were still occurring …

So training requirements were created and curricula were born.

Soon afterwards, LMS vendors showed up in our lobbies and promised us with a click and a report, we could have a training system!

But upper management called forth for METRICS! So dashboards became a visible tool. Leaderboards helped create friendly competition among colleagues while “walls of shame” made folks hang their heads and ask for leniency, exemptions and extensions  … 

But just having curricula doesn’t necessarily make OJT structured.  During the HPISC Qualified Trainers workshop, I present the difference between t-ojt (traditional) and s-ojt (structured). 

Moving from t-ojt to s-ojt

When I ask the QT’s where they feel their organization is, most of them will say still in t-ojt box but closer to the middle of the range.  Why I ask?  Invariably, they’ll tell me OJT is not scheduled.  “Just because I have the list (curricula requirements) doesn’t mean the training gets scheduled or that qualification events get conducted”.  But rather, it happens when someone makes it a priority, an inspection is coming or a CAPA includes it as part of corrective actions. So what else makes it structured?

In the next blog, I’ll continue the “discussion”.  In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts regarding how OJT is handled at your site.  -VB

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2 thoughts on “Does having curricula make OJT structured?”

  1. I agree that having a curricula does not necessarily make OJT structured. Many times, training occurs in a non-structured way just by learning and growing with the support of colleagues and fellow learners. A structured curricula definitely aids in growth and development, but OJT does not always have to follow the structured curricula to be successful.

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