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How to manage 20% off-the-job

An apprenticeship is a job with a formal programme of training. As set out in English apprenticeships: our 2020 vision, published in 2015, the requirement for at least 20% off-the-job training is one of the core, and well established, principles that underpins a quality apprenticeship. This requirement applies to apprenticeships at all levels. For full guidance visit:

What is off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment within contracted hours, leading towards the achievement of an apprenticeship.

It must:

  • teach new knowledge, skills and/or behaviours that will contribute to the successful achievement of an apprenticeship
  • be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard
What's included What's not included
  • 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: 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
  • Progress reviews or on-programme assessments needed for an apprenticeship
  • Training which takes place outside of the apprentice’s paid working hours
  • English and maths (up to Level 2) which is funded separately

How should off-the-job training be delivered?

  • It’s up to your employer and the training provider to decide an appropriate delivery model and agree what can be included
  • May include regular day release, block release and special training days/workshops
  • Off-the-job training cannot be delivered solely by distance learning

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