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Innovative Employer Engagement Process Establishes Effective On-the-Job Training

Here are five easy steps

Published: Monday, November 21, 2022 - 13:01

(NIMS: Fairfax, VA) -- The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has developed a new approach to help employers struggling with on-the-job Training (OJT). It’s a five-step method created to address the urgency many employers are experiencing while training employees in today’s manufacturing technologies and methods.

Step 1:Familiarize. This step introduces the Smart Training Principles that NIMS outlines on its website, www.nims-skills.org

Step 2:Discover. Here, employers can find a quick online self-evaluation assessment that reveals perceived versus actual training behaviors in a shop or factory.

Step 3:Analyze. The shop owner or training manager and trainers participate in a session with a NIMS expert to bring clarity to the assessment results. This session returns a comprehensive needs analysis and a training playbook that the company can use to enhance its training program.

Step 4: Enhance. The details of the organization’s training program are developed onsite at the company’s location. This is the step that has the greatest and most empowering effect. The materials for training are created with a NIMS expert, and real training sessions are practiced and fine-tuned.


Step 5: Recognize. This final step ensures that all stakeholders in the program are acknowledged for their role in reaching the desired performance goals.

According to Montez King, executive director of NIMS, “The first steps are somewhat academic, but we caution companies to not get turned off by those. They are quick and necessary for the subsequent steps that are practical and real-world, using a company’s specific parts and processes. They successfully resolve OJT needs in a relatively short time frame. Further, NIMS is here to help employers at every step of the journey.”

For more information call NIMS at (703) 352-4971 or email support@nims-skills.org.


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