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What are the types of training and why it is important

Updated: Jun 18

There are three (3) types of training

1. Induction training

2. On-the-job training

3. Off-the-job training

Induction Training

Induction training are training provided to new hires that are usually recruited externally. They give an opportunity for the new hire to meet existing employees, while learning the organisation rules, procedures and norms. This training is necessary to ensure that the new hire knows how to go around the office, and who to look for should they need assistance.

On-the-job Training

This form of training involves training during work hours at the workplace. They are usually conducted in-house by existing staffs and involves actual production. On-the-job training enables employees to get familiar with the actual systems, process and environment. This reduces error while keeping up with productivity as employees does not stop work.

Off-the-job Training

Off-the-job training involves training offsite, in a separate location from their work place. This form of training is required if the existing work place does not have the facilities to conduct the training. It is usually costly as employees will not work during training, while there may be transportation and accommodation cost involved.


  1. What is meant by ‘on-the-job training’? (2 marks) Feb/Mar 2018/12

  2. Identify and explain one advantage and one disadvantage to MSH of using on-the-job training. (4 marks) Feb/Mar 2018/12

  3. Identify and explain two reasons why training is important to a business. (6 marks) May/June 2018/12

  4. Identify and explain two advantages to a business of using on-the-job training. (6 marks) Oct/Nov 2018/11

  5. What is meant by ‘off-the-job training’? (2 marks) May/June 2019/11

  6. What is meant by induction training (2 marks) May/June 2020/13

  7. Define induction training (2 marks)

  8. Do you think on-the-job training is a better method of training for a manufacturing business to use than off-the-job training? Justify your answer. (6 marks) May/June 2020/12

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