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Off-the-job training: steps to help you determine whether an activity counts as off-the-job training


Stuart Cameron


28th January 2019


Guidance for employers on the off-the-job training requirements involved in an apprenticeship.

Has the individual begun their apprenticeship programme?

If no, it is not counted as off-the-job training. Off the job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s contracted
hours, over the total duration of the apprentice’s planned training period.

If yes, consider if the activity is teaching new knowledge, skills and behaviours?

If yes, is the activity directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard or framework?

If yes, is the learning taking place within the apprentice’s normal (contracted) working hours?

If all the answers were yes, then the work counts as off the job training. If no, then you may need to re-review the strategy.

Off the job training

Training can be delivered in the apprentice’s normal workplace or at an external location.

Progress reviews and on-programme assessments do not count towards 20% off the job training, as they do not deliver new knowledge, skills and behaviours

If needed, English and maths training must be on top of the 20% training requirement.

To learn more about degree apprenticeships, training and more, read our brochures and booklets, features and articles, and managers guides.


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