Fairly frequently, I hear someone bring up the assertion that we only learn 10% of our job skills through formal training–the so-called 70-20-10 rule. While it appears the actual 70-20-10 percentages are made up, I think they are probably directionally correct.
Yet, I feel like I know much less about on-the-job training than I should. I’m confident I could draft a reasonable model for how it should go based on what I understand about how people learn, but I have no idea what models are already out there.
Today, I took a very cursory first look. Most books on the subject seem focused on Structured On-the-Job Training.
I get the appeal, but my initial reservations center on whether giving OJT a formal structure gives it a weight that feels forced or onerous. Would we be better off teaching a more flexible set of principles? Maybe not–maybe structure makes it easier for a novice to handle.
What OJT models have you seen?