I really like your strong focus on the trainee ACTUALLY doing the task. I make the mistake all the time of presenting information, which I think is training, but it's not. It's your step 1 "Describing."
What do suggest when the manager has trouble "dipsticking" the employee?
For example, I've got an employee who needs to be more assertive in following up with peers back in the headquarters office. He needs information from people in headquarters, but when he doesn't get it he's not assertive enough and then projects deadlines slip. How would I "Dipstick" in this case?
Another employee is really dis-organized, forgets important details, and things slips through the cracks. How would I "Dipstick" in this case?
I've already given feedback to these employees and nothings gotten better.