On–the-job training enables you to learn a trade, develop your skills and become qualified while you work. Depending on which trade you choose, several different approaches are available.
Advantages of on-the-job training
On-the-job training has several advantages. In particular, it enables people to acquire quality training while practising a trade, raise their level of knowledge and competence and promote their trade and their role in a company.
With this type of training, apprentices can become more versatile and increase their chances of career advancement. In addition, they can potentially obtain official recognition of their skills (certificate of qualification and attestation of competency).
The Workplace Apprenticeship Program
The Workplace Apprenticeship Program (PAMT) is the approach most commonly applied in on-the-job training initiatives. This program is designed for voluntary-qualification trades , i.e., trades that are not subject to a specific government regulation.
The program is based on the journeyperson system. Journeypersons are experienced workers who pass their know-how and skills on to apprentices, i.e., co-workers who have yet to acquire or have only limited skills in the trade they would like to practise.
The skills the apprentice needs to master are specified in an apprenticeship booklet provided at the start of the training. Details about the apprentice's progress are recorded in the booklet.