What is 20% off-the-job training?

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Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. 

This can include training delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.

This means that learners should be spending 20% of their working week on these activities:

  • Coaching sessions
  • Independent research
  • In-house training including systems training, mandatory training* and role specific training (*Please note that mandatory training only counts towards 20% when it is meeting the requirements of the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the standard)
  • Learner support to write assignments
  • Team meetings – These meetings must include training or learning activities
  • Mentoring
  • Online learning led by the employer or training provider (during paid hours)
  • Supervision with employer
  • One-to-ones
  • Writing assignments (Study time)
  • Work shadow of a colleague with the workplace

Off-the-job training does not include:

  • English and maths (up to level 2), which is funded separately
  • Training to acquire knowledge, skills and behaviours not required in the standard or framework
  • Progress reviews or on-programme assessment needed for an apprenticeship framework or standard
  • Training which takes place outside the apprentice’s paid hours
  • Mandatory training unless the training meets the requirements of the skills, knowledge and behaviours included in the standard

How do I know how many hours I need to complete for off-the-job?

Your off-the-job hours have been calculated when you signed up for your Apprenticeship with Training Now. Your online Onefile account will identify the hours required. If you are unsure of your required hours, please speak to your allocated TALC who will be able to provide you with this information and more guidance on Off-the Job training.

It is essential that you record your off-the-job hours and this can be recorded by using the off-the-job diary. If you do not have a diary to record these hours, please speak to your TALC on your next session.

Equality and diversity

Sunday 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)

The day for everyone to remember the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of people killed in Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides across the globe. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes of hatred and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today.

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.

Saturday 4 January – World Braille Day

World Braille Day is a reminder of the importance of accessibility and independence for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Today’s reality is that many establishments such as restaurants, banks, and hospitals don’t offer braille versions of their print materials like menus, statements, and bills. Because of this, people with blindness or visual impairments often don’t have the freedom to choose a meal on their own or keep their finances private.

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