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On The Job TrainingOn-the-job training (OJT) tends to be handled in a somewhat casual approach that often relies on experienced co-workers to train new employees.  This time honored way of providing OJT is based on the questionable assumption that the most knowledgeable subject matter expert equals the optimal instructor.


Yet, being able to do something doesn’t also mean having an ability to transfer that skill to another person.  Just ask any parent about trying to teach driving skills to their teenager.


Granted, quality instruction requires trainers who know the course content backwards and forwards.  But other qualities can be important factors in determining who will make qualified instructor.  Here are additional factors that training experts need:


  • Patience – Curriculum must be broken down into small segments that learners can absorb a little bit at a time.  Some learners have to start at very basic levels.  Repetition is usually required to truly…

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Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

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