When it comes to training new and existing landscaping employees, there are two schools of thought: on-the-job (sometimes called OJT) and formal training. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but only you can know which style of training is best for your business. We break down some of the most important differences between OJT and formal training below.
It’s quite likely that you’re already familiar with formal training. It’s the kind of training that they use in schools, most often referred to as “teaching.” Formal training is often delivered by someone trained to teach, and the learning objectives are defined by a training organization, department, or individual instructor. Generally, formal training involves a lecture or class where information is shared, and trainees (or students) validate what they have been taught through testing.
Some advantages of formal training are:
Training is consistent. Because there is a consistent syllabus or objective, training is the same for each person.
Training is measurable. Since formal training relies on testing, you can easily understand who is or isn’t up to speed.
Compared to on-the-job training, formal training is normally more time consuming and is often more expensive than OJT. But that’s not always the case.
In the past few years, online training programs like Udemy and Linda.com have reduced both the time and cost that are normally associated with a quality formal education. Delivered online through modules or videos, these training platforms allow people to learn almost anything they want at a fraction of the cost and time of regular formal training. With online formal training, you can very quickly and efficiently get yourself or your employees trained and up to speed.
On-the-job training is probably the most popular form of training in the landscaping industry. OJT is training that is delivered while an employee is performing tasks related to their particular job. It’s a “hands-on” approach to training that has many advantages, but has lots of disadvantages as well, especially when it comes to training quality and efficiency.
Advantages of OJT
Disadvantages of OJT