Off the job training is a statutory requirement for an English apprenticeship.

Off the job training is training received by an apprentice, during an apprentice’s normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship standard. By normal working hours we mean paid hours excluding overtime.

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 standard.

Example of off-the-job learning – what it is…..

  • Mandatory training such as Safeguarding/Information Governance/Health and Safety etc.
  • All workshops relating to the apprenticeship programme (excluding Functional skills)
  • Being coached and/or mentored in relation to developing skills in their job role
  • The apprentice’s supervisions/monthly reviews/annual appraisals/ handovers (excluding progress reviews or on-programme assessment needed for an apprenticeship framework or standard)
  • Team meetings e.g. about implementing a new procedure at work or introducing an improvement to existing processes
  • Shadowing another member of staff in understanding the setting’s policies/procedures and relevant forms that are relevant to the service, e.g.: Health & Safety/Risk assessments/Communication
  • Attending conferences/reading relevant publications including our in-house magazines
  • Any external training days, including short courses booked on by the department
  • Practical training and practice (being shadowed/observed by another staff member and receiving feedback about performance)
  • Learning support and Reflective accounts of learning and new work experiences.
  • Time spent writing assessments/assignments/self-study
  • Research new skills techniques and better understanding relating to job roles and sector.
  • Any e-learning

Please refer to our handbook for further information and advice on off-the-job training. To view and download the handbook, please click the image below.