Apprenticeship Off The Job Training Explained

Off The Job Training Definition

Apprenticeship off-the-job training’ is set out in the eSFA apprenticeship funding rules and is reproduced below:-

Off the job training is a statutory requirement for an English apprenticeship. It is training which is received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s normal working hours, for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship referenced in the apprenticeship agreement. 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.”


Apprenticeship Off The Job Training

The apprenticeship funding rules state that off the job training can include the following:

  • The teaching of theory (for example, lectures, role-playing, simulation exercises, online learning or manufacturer training)
  • Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and participation in competitions
  • Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments.

“If it is unclear whether an activity is off the job training, is there an easy way to check?”

Yes, there are four key tests for off the job training:

  1. Is the person signed up for the apprenticeship programme?
  2. Is the activity directly relevant to the apprenticeship?
  3. Is the activity teaching new knowledge, skills and behaviours? 
  4. Is the learning taking place during the apprentice’s normal working hours? 

If the answer to all four questions is ‘yes’, then the activity can be regarded as off the job training.

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 Apprenticeship off the job training Definition

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