How to impart “On The Job” Training (OJT) – An Illustrative Example

Source: Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: Best Training Method – “On The Job” Training (OJT) – A Story

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An Illustrative Example

There are many types and styles of Training but nothing beats ON THE JOB TRAINING (OJT)

Here is a famous teaching story that illustrates the efficacy of OJT:


Noticing that his father was growing old – the son of a burglar asked his father to teach him the tradecraft of robbery and burglary – so that he could carry on the family business after his father had retired.

The father agreed.

That night – the father took the son along for a burglary – and they broke into a house together.

Opening a large cupboard – the father told his son to go inside the cupboard and pick out the clothing and jewellery.

As soon as the boy was inside the cupboard – the father locked the cupboard.

After locking his son in the cupboard – the old burglar made a lot of noise – so that the whole house was aroused.

Then – the old burglar quietly and stealthily slipped away into the darkness.

Locked inside the cupboard – the boy was angry – and he was terrified and puzzled as to how he was going to get out and escape.

Then – an idea flashed in his brain – and the boy started making a noise like a cat: “Meow…Meow…Meow…!”

On hearing the “Meow…Meow…Meow…!” meowing noise of a cat – the family told a maid to take a candle and examine the cupboard.

When the door was unlocked and opened – the boy jumped out.

He blew the candle and pushed his way past the astonished maid.

Then – he jumped out of the window – and he ran out of the house.

The people ran after him – and they chased him in the street.

Noticing a deep well full of water by the side of the road – the boy threw in a large stone into the well  – and then he quickly hid in the darkness.

The pursuers gathered around the well trying to locate the burglar in the water.

After some time they thought that the boy had drowned – and so – they dispersed – and went away.

When the boy got home he was livid and infuriated at his father.

The angry boy started to tell his father the story of how he had managed to escape.

But – but the father cut him short.

Instead of listening to his boy’s story – the father abruptly said to the boy: “Don’t bother to tell me the details. You have escaped and come back here – that is proof enough of your capability and bears testimony to the fact that you have learned the art and craft of burglary – and now – you are ready for the job…”

So – Dear Reader – sometimes it may be prudent to avoid a formal training programme and resort to “On the Job” Training Technique which is breathtaking in its simplicity:

“Entrust a man with responsibility – and then tell him to get on with the job!”

In many situations – “On the Job Training” – OJT – works beautifully.

You can take my word for it…!

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This is a revised and updated version of my article first written by me Vikram Karve more than 20 years ago in the year 1995 and posted online earlier by me a number of times including at urls:…  and…  etc

Now Re-Posted by Vikram Karve at 8/28/2015 11:44:00 AM

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