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20% Off the Job Training explained

Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes that mix practical experience, coaching and formal training.

One of the core principals of an apprenticeship is the minimum 20% threshold for off the job training which reinforces practical, work-based learning with technical and theoretical learning.

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.

With off-the-job training accounting for at least 20% of the apprentice’s employed time it is essential that this time is planned and used effectively.

eTraining will work with both employer and learner to create a learning plan that encompasses this 20% in a way that maximises learning and skill improvement whilst minimising disruption to the business.

The 20% 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 teaching of theory (for example: Workshops, 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.

 Off-the-job training does not include:

  • English and maths (up to level 2) which is funded separately.
  • Progress reviews or on-programme assessment needed for an apprenticeship framework or standard.
  • Training which takes place outside the apprentice’s paid working hours.