An Apprenticeship is all about upskilling the apprentice so that they develop the skills, knowledge and behaviour they need to be ‘occupationally competent’ in their chosen area. Off-the-job training gives the apprentice the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities towards achieving their Apprenticeship.
Off-the-job training is a mandatory part of all Apprenticeship programmes. It requires commitment from both the employer and the apprentice.
Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their employed time (excluding overtime) on off-the-job training. This can be structured flexibly – for example, as part of each day, one day per week, one week out of five, or as a block release. It really doesn’t matter how you structure it, so long as the apprentice achieves the total 20% requirement.
This is a common misconception – the name ‘off-the-job’ might suggest that the apprentice will need to spend a lot of time away, but in reality, it’s not the case.
We can deliver flexible options – such as at the apprentice’s usual place of work, an external location, one of our campuses or using online platforms.
The official line from the government is that off-the-job training is ‘any learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment, which leads towards the achievement of an Apprenticeship’.
This might include:
Off-the-job training doesn’t include:
Yes. All off-the-job training should be arranged during their normal working hours, and they must be paid for it. If an apprentice takes part in off-the-job training outside of their normal working hours (for example, an evening webinar), the employer must allow them to take the time back in lieu.
At the start of the Apprenticeship, your Training Consultant will guide you through a ‘Commitment Statement’; this outlines how the programme will be delivered, and how the off-the-job training sessions will be structured. It is the responsibility of the apprentice to regularly update their time log in their online portfolio to reflect time spent on off-the-job training.