A Comprehensive Program to Deliver On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Period of Performance: 05/14/1993 - 05/13/1994

$500K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Klein Assoc., Inc.
DUBLIN, OH 43016
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

The goal of this project is to develop a reliable, effective program for delivering on-the-job training (OJT). The project will highlight the critical role of the experienced worker tasked with guiding novice personnel to competency, using Cognitive Task Analysis methods to identify the skills, knowledge, and abilities of highly proficient OJT providers. The program will encompass OJT for individuals and for teams working toward a collective goal. The proposed program of research will be carried out with Army armor units at the SIMNET facility at Fort Knox, KY. The Army has recognized the importance of field exercies and high fidelity simulators in development of combat skills. But little attention has been given the role of NCOs, platton leaders, and company commanders in training those skills. Training is a recognized part of their role, although they are not classroom instructors. Like their counterparts outsidse the military in health care, manufacturing, and industrial settings, they have received little guidance and fuew tools to help them function as trainers. The project will produce a comprehensive overview of requirements for a successful OJT program including selection and performance requirements for OJT providers, methods and materials for training OJT skills, and criteria and tools for evaluating OJT effectiveness.