On-the-Job Training (OJT)
On-the-Job Training (OJT), often referred to as the cooperative method of instruction, provides an opportunity for students to gain meaningful paid or unpaid supervised work-based learning experiences in a business or industry setting. The OJT program/course is most often used to supplement classroom instruction in a specific Career and Technical Education program, in order to give students a chance to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in school in a job that correlates to their instructional program.
Students enrolled in an OJT program/course receive high school credit and the school may claim the appropriate FTE or workforce funding to support the instructional program/course. The length of the OJT program/course and the number of multiple credits a student may earn will differ depending on the area.
OJT Guidelines/Forms To Be Completed
OJT teachers must create and maintain an OJT Folder for each student. The following forms must be kept up-to-date in the folder and readily available for review by District and State personnel.
- Student Cooperative/Work-based Application (PBSD 1777)
- Student Cooperative Work-based Experience/Internship Training Agreement (PBSD 1769)
- Job Training Attendance Record - Monthly Time Card (PBSD 0213)
Note: A Time Card must be on file for each OJT student indicating the date and hours the student worked during each month and must be duly signed by the student, the student’s on the job immediate supervisor, and the teacher. The official Time Card is the only document accepted by the state and district FTE auditors for documenting student work hours. Other types of school-produced time cards will not be accepted.
- Student OJT Employement Search Contract Form (PBSD 2417)
The Employment Contact Form must be kept on file as the official record that the student was searching for a job each day he or she was unemployed and released from school to conduct a job search.
- Student Cooperative Training Interview Report (PBSD 0206)
To be completed by student and prospective employer when being interviewed for a potential job or internship opportunity.
- Student Cooperative Training Plan (PBSD 1430)
The Student Training Plan must be individualized for each OJT student. Use the Sample form as a template for each OJT student. See website http://www.occupationalinfo.org/ or https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ for a list of occupational titles and job descriptions to assist the student in individualizing the form.
- Student Cooperative/Work-based Experience/Internship Employer Evaluation (PBSD 1427)
The OJT teacher must visit the student on the job during the nine week grading period to: observe the student in the work setting, discuss areas of strengths and weaknesses, and obtain a grade for the student. It is recommended that multiple visits be made during the grading period. Visits should be planned to coincide with the student’s work schedule and at a time when the student’s on the job supervisor is available to discuss the student’s progress.
- Cooperative/Diversified Career Training (DCT) Work Experience Job Skill or Tasks Report (PBSD 1428)
Note: During the FTE week, each OJT teacher and/or the principal must provide documentation that the OJT student was employed, conducting a job search daily, or in class under the supervision of a teacher certified in the area. The above referenced OJT records must be securely kept at the school for a period of five years.
Curriculum Frameworks and Student Performance Standards
The individual cooperative education program's curriculum frameworks serve as a general teacher's guide and can be obtained by downloading the frameworks from the Florida Department of Education's web site at the links below.
Miguel Benavente, M.D.
Industrial Cooperative Education OJT