An English apprenticeship must include off-the-job training. It is training obtained by the apprentice during normal working hours for the purpose of obtaining the knowledge, skills, and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship the learner is completing. Normal working hours are defined as paid hours that do not include overtime.
For all full-time apprentices (those who work 30 hours or more per week) to qualify for government funding, they must devote a minimum of 6 hours per week to off-the-job training throughout the anticipated practical term.
“It is not on-the-job training which is training received by the apprentice for the sole purpose of enabling the apprentice to perform the work for which they have been employed. By this we mean training that does not specifically link to the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship.”
Ref: Apprenticeship funding rules and guidance for employers, May 2022, page 18
Capital4Training will talk about the apprentices’ intended learning schedule and work with managers and employers to find appropriate supplementary activities. To ensure that criteria are met, all of these activities will be compiled into a comprehensive strategy. These will be listed on the training plan and the apprenticeship agreement. Additionally, we’ll give line managers the guidance and assistance they need to clearly define their roles. Off the job training must:
The training might include a variety of activities that will assist the apprentice become a better employee. Here are a couple such examples:
Like the former 20% off-the-job training regulation, the minimum amount of hours is no longer correlated with working hours. Regardless of the number of hours the apprentice works, off-the-job training now lasts at least six hours per week.
The EFSA decided the six hours since it equals 20% of the 30 hours that all part-time apprentices are now working. It means that apprentices who work more than 30 hours per week can now devote less than 20% of their time to off-the-job training.
Note the following additional details while calculating off-the-job training:
It’s crucial to document off-the-job training activities and confirm their validity and value. As previously stated, students cannot go on to the end-point assessment stage and finish their programme until the required number of hours of focused instruction have been accounted for.
Together with the apprentice and the line manager, Capital4Training will create a training plan to schedule all of the off-the-job training hours and keep track of the trainee’s progress.