Off-the-job training is one of the essential components of a quality apprenticeship. But what exactly is it?
During an apprentice's paid hours, the student can expect to receive training for the purpose of achieving their full apprenticeship qualification. This is a statutory requirement and must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard.
- 20%: Through the total duration of an apprentice's planned training period and contracted hours, it is a government requirement that off-the-job training makes up at least 20%. This training must be out of the apprentice’s normal working duties and must involve additional knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to their specific apprenticeship. Apprentices may opt to dedicate additional time training outside of their paid hours, however this must not be required to complete the apprenticeship.
- Location: An apprentice's off-the-job training can be delivered in their usual workplace or an external location. It can be delivered on a flexible basis, whether that's every day, one day per week, one week out of five or as block release.
- Progress reviews and assessments: Both progress reviews and on-programme assessments for an apprentice do not count towards 20% of off-the-job training due to them not delivering additional knowledge, behaviours and skills. At the beginning of an individual's apprenticeship, a commitment statement must be set in place which discloses training content and details any elements that count towards off-the-job training. This evidence pack is required to demonstrate any training that has been delivered against the commitment statement.
- English and maths: If an apprentice requires further English and maths training, this must be done additionally outside of the 20% off-the-job training requirement. This is due to apprenticeships being based on developing occupational competency.
For further information on off-the-job training, visit www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeships-off-the-job-training.
Alternatively, you can contact the Northern Skills Team for a chat on 03453 40 40 40 or firstname.lastname@example.org.