The long awaited publication of the Department for Educations guidance on apprenticeship off the job training has been released and it provides some clarity on the 20% off the job training that apprentices have to complete. This was an area that we had had a lot of enquiries about and employers were rightly concerned about how this was to be put into practice.
20% Off the job training threshold
From May 2017 the 20% threshold was applied to all new apprenticeship programmes (standards and frameworks). The threshold was the minimum amount of time that should be spent doing off-the-job training during an apprenticeship.
Official Off the job training definition
Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an 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.
The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and could include the following.
The teaching of theory (for example: lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning or manufacturer training),
Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attendance at competitions,
Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments.
So what counts as apprenticeship off the job training?
- Day release to college or a training provider
- Block release to a college or training provider
- Inductions that provide a learning element
- Learning new skills in the workplace
- Internal courses relevant to the apprenticeship
- Blended Learning
Essentially, off the job training means anything that provides as learning element for an apprentice. If they receive training on new equipment, machinery, software etc by another member of staff then this is learning relevant to the apprentice.
Yorkshire Apprentice works with employers to identify off the job learning activities that will meet the apprenticeship requirements. Please speak to our advisors who will be happy to assist.