24th April 2018
Off-the-job training: What's included
With the government’s aim to put apprenticeships on an even footing with academic qualifications, it has resulted in creating the apprenticeship reforms and therefore, providing a much stricter training and assessment regime. However, it’s clear that organisations are confused around exactly what 20 per cent off-the-job training entails and how it should be carried out.
In this guide, we’ll get to the bottom of exactly what’s included in off-the-job training and see how it can work in practice for your school.
What’s included in off-the-job training?
Off-the-job training needs to be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard an apprentice is undertaking, which could be either practical or theoretical learning.
Training could include the following:
- Block release
- Distance/online learning
- Learning reviews
- Industry visits
- Work-based projects
- Completion of learning logs
- Day release
- Coaching sessions
However, it can’t include the following:
- Up to level 2 in English and maths
- Progress reviews
- On-programme assessments
- Training that takes place outside the apprentice’s paid working hours
In its guidance for employers, the government states:
“Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-today working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.”
Off-the-job training doesn’t necessarily mean ‘away from the workplace’ - in some cases it’s possible to carry out training at an apprentice’s workstation.
These new rules are set to prevent apprentices being enrolled on programme of poor quality, where they aren’t allowed learning time away from the workplace - resulting in them being a full-time employee with a lower wage, rather than apprentice in training.
Over to you
We can manage, implement and provide hands-on support for practically every element of the Apprenticeship Levy, working with you and your local authority or trust.
Talk to our team to find out more: