NIMS® OJT Trainer Workshop

Improve Your Company’s Training to Accelerate Learning, Improve Retention

NIMS® OJT Trainer Workshop

Do the individuals who are training your newer employees have the soft skills needed to communicate the information effectively?

The answer is often “no” because companies pick individuals to train others based on their technical knowledge – not their communication skills.

The NIMS® OJT Trainer Workshop can help your trainers take their skills to the next level. Designed for companies of all sizes, the workshop will teach your trainers:


A methodology for structuring traning


Communication best practices


A coaching continuum to help diverse adult learners advance their skills


The Workshop is an efficient six-session course spread over six weeks, designed to fit into busy schedules, that is ideal for new trainers and those with a few years of experience. The Workshop combines three inter-related elements:


Online Learning Modules

(60-90 minutes/week)

Activities participants complete independently each week


Virtual Group Coaching Sessions

(60 minutes/week)

Discussions led by a NIMS instructor: participants share experiences and ask questions


On-the-Job Practice


Practical: relevant assignments enabling trainees to apply the skills they are learning


By passing the evaluations at the end of the Workshop participants will earn an OJT Trainer certification. The certification process ensures that participants have demonstrated the skills presented in the Workshop.


This program is offered by The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and is open to employees at manufacturing companies anywhere in Ohio.

Classes starting in March and April.

Cost: $1,495

Subsidies available for members of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and Industry Sector Partnerships.


  • Starting the Week of March 14
  • Online learning modules the weeks of March 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11, and 18
  • Zoom meetings (virtual group coaching sessions) on Thursdays @ 2 pm
  • Certification test on Thursday, April 21 @ 2 pm
  • Starting the Week of April 18
  • Online learning modules the weeks of April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 23
  • Zoom meetings (virtual group coaching sessions) on Thursdays @ 2 pm
  • Certification test on Thursday, May 26 @ 2 pm

logo-nimsAbout NIMS

NIMS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a nationally recognized validator of performance through practical experiences that reflect the manufacturing industry. NIMS provides industry-developed and validated standards, credentials and training frameworks that enable collaboration among educators, industry, policy makers and community-based organizations to increase the performance of our manufacturing workforce.



The Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP) is a collaboration of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) and Ohio TechNet (OTN). Established to address Ohio’s manufacturing workforce shortage, the OMWP works directly with a statewide network of manufacturing industry sector partnerships, and is focused on meeting local employment and skill needs. This workforce product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the recipient and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This product is copyrighted by the institution that created it.

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    Workshop Reviews


    For me coming from the factory floor into a training role, it helped me understand that you need a structure to make sure the trainee understands and retains what you’re trying to give to them. Everybody’s different.”

    I enjoyed it and took a lot from it. I learned how adults like to learn and the importance of knowing your audience – it’s a lot different training a middleaged person versus a young person just out of high school.”

    The content was great to teach and develop the “soft” skills needed for the training role.”

    I learned a lot from it. With the videos we did I learned how to present myself better. The ondemand sections made it easy to fit the training into my busy schedule.”


    The workshop qualifies trainers to a training standard and drives structure around learning objectives that include performance demonstrations to verify understanding.”

    Geoff Lipnevicius
    Lincoln Electronic

    Our employee got a lot out of the program. He’s seeing things from a different angle now. I see him adaptijng to his trainees’ learning styles.”

    Robert Guy
    WLS Stamping

    Our training coordinator found it eye-opening to see some of the different ways to approach teaching because not everybody learns the same way.”

    Chuck Stout
    Pennex Aluminum