Improving Structured On-the-Job Training (S-OJT) through Technology

How Do People Learn To Do Their Jobs?

Research shows that most individuals learn their jobs in the actual workplace, not in corporate classrooms or other off-the-job settings. But much of this learning is informal or unstructured, which often results in unpredictable training outcomes. Therefore, an increasing number of organizations have begun to use structured on-the-job training (S-OJT™), since it combines the consistency and reliability of formal classroom training programs and the relevance of learning in the actual work setting. S-OJT is defined as “the planned process of developing competence on units of work by having an experienced employee train a novice employee at the work setting or a location that closely resembles the work setting." The word “situate” means “to fix or build something in a certain place or position.” Similarly, SiTUATE emphasizes that training should occur in the most appropriate location, not in a classroom, but in the context of the workplace — either in-person or remote.

SiTUATE is the Next Generation of Structured On-the-Job Training

SiTUATE is the only integrated training system that combines the proven effectiveness of structured on-the-job training (S-OJT) with the flexibility of cloud-based technology. Every job requires different training. A nurse has different needs than a bank teller. An engineer at one company requires different training than an engineer at another company. The SiTUATE system guides you end-to-end, from analyzing the jobs and tasks, to developing the training guides, managing the training process, and evaluating trainees.


Proven to Reduce Training Costs and Improve Quality

SiTUATE integrates proven aspects of S-OJT from over 40 years of academic research and global project experience.  Numerous studies from real settings suggest that S-OJT consistently provides twice the financial benefits and five times the efficiency compared to unstructured OJT. S-OJT makes use of the principle that training is most effective when it occurs as close as possible to the work.  Many companies use S-OJT alone or to complement other training approaches, such as classroom training or online programs. Using S-OJT shows the following outcomes: Reduced training times; Lower training costs; Improved quality rates; and Increased development opportunities.

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Developed by Ronald L. Jacobs, Ph.D., the World's Foremost Leader on S-OJT


SiTUATE is led by Ronald L. Jacobs, Ph.D., who is widely recognized for his scholarly research and development contributions that address a range of topics in human resource development. Ron is particularly known for introducing structured on-the-job training (S-OJT) to the HRD community in 1987.  His book “Structured On-the-Job Training: Unleashing Employee Expertise in the Workplace” has become the standard guide to help organizations and nations implement this training approach.  Ron’s most recent book, “Work Analysis in the Knowledge Economy: Documenting What People Do in the Workplace for Human Resource Development,” is based on over 30 years of research and practice, and has again become the foremost resource on this important topic. He has received many honors and accolades for his work, including being inducted in two professional halls of fame. Now, Ron will now use his recognized expertise in human resource development to introduce SiTUATE to the world.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It

"Beyond the boundary of Human Resource Development (HRD), Dr. Jacobs leads paradigm changes in Human Performance Technology (HPT) field. He is the foremost authority on the global workforce training and development."

- Seong C. Lee, Former Executive Vice President & Chief Learning Officer Hyundai Motor Group University

"We know our client companies face many business challenges these days, so getting the most return on their training dollars is critical.  That’s why we recommend that companies following ISO standards invest in S-OJT to address their skills-training needs."

- David Boulay, President of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)

"How nice that there’s finally a digital learning platform that focuses on skills development rather than on library topics.  Managers demand accountability from their training investment and S-OJT, based on years of experience, has proven effective in this regard."

- Newton Moore, Director for Learning Innovation and Performance Improvement at UL University in Chicago 

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