70-20-10 Training

Most training professionals know about the 70-20-10 training model and that it has been an accepted industry standard for professional trainers since it was first proposed in the 1980’s.

For those not familiar with this model it states that 70% of a person’s learning comes from hands-on experience, 20% from coaching and mentoring and 10% from formal classroom training.

But how effective and relevant is this model now and how does it apply to training for the shop floor or production line employee?  The answer is it’s very relevant.

The 70-20-10 Model

In the 1980’s when the study was conducted a new employee would be partnered with a trainer for the first few days on the job.  This would be the 20% portion of coaching and mentoring.   Then over the next several weeks or months the new employee would perform his task alone and repetitively which represented the 70%.   Often there was little or no formal classroom training for the shop floor or production employee.

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