Off-The-Job Training

Off-the-job training is a requirement of all apprenticeships, yet it remains one of the biggest barriers to employers utilising their apprenticeship levy.

Off-the-job training provides an opportunity for apprentices to cement their learning and return to work making an even greater impact. This combination of work-based learning, self-study and off-the-job training is what makes apprenticeships so valuable.

Training Requirements

Off-the-job training is a mandatory part of all apprenticeships. The current funding rules state that each apprentice must take a minimum of 6-hours per week away from their role to complete this training. All off-the-job training must be recorded, and take place during contracted working hours (not overtime).

What Counts as Off-The-Job Training?

Off-the-job training doesn't necessarily mean spending physical time away from the office. The required hours can be achieved through a variety of activities which can be completed during the working day.

This video highlights some of the key benefits of off-the-job training in supporting apprenticeships acquiring the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined by the apprenticeship standard.

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Why is Off-The-Job Training Important?

Off-the-job training is an essential component of leadership and management apprenticeships. It offers apprentices the opportunity to step away from their day-to-day work environment and engage in focused, structured training activities that are specifically tailored to to provide them with a holistic learning experience.

This type of training encourages apprentices to step out of their comfort zones and work with new people outside of their day-to-day role. By interacting with individuals from different backgrounds and experiences, apprentices can broaden their perspectives, exchange ideas, and develop a valuable network of professional contacts. This collaborative learning environment fosters innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, all of which are crucial for effective leadership and management.

Recording Off-The-Job-Training

As off-the-job training is a mandatory requirement of leadership and management apprenticeships, it is vital that this training is documented.

This documentation serves as evidence of the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained that are aligned with the apprenticeship standard. This is invaluable for End Point Assessments, certifications, and career progression. It also enables employers and us, as your training provider, to assess the effectiveness of the training. It also tracks the apprentice's progress and helps us to any areas that may require additional support or attention, which can be raised in the regular tripartite reviews.

Apprentices and line managers can record and review off-the-job training activity using our learning management system.

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Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust is registered on the list of approved apprenticeship providers. UK PRN 10008899