We are all aware about the 20% statutory requirement for off-the-job training during completion of an apprenticeship, but how does the training organisation know whether an activity is off-the-job, and how do they achieve the required 20%?
Off-the-job training must be new learning and relevant to the apprentice’s studies but not directly linked to the job role itself.
What can be included as off-the-job training?
There are 3 key points to consider when deciding if something is off-the-job training:
- Is the activity directly relevant?
- Is the activity teaching new skills & behaviours?
- Is the learning taking place in the apprentice’s normal working hours?
Ultimately, off-the-job training can be anything from attending lectures to role playing. It would all depend upon the apprenticeship involved. Other examples of off-the-job training can include but not be limited to; online learning, teaching theory, mentoring, industry visits, shadowing, learning support and spending time writing assessments, but always check the rules.
Why is off-the-job training so important?
Off-the-job training allows learners to gain additional knowledge and skills outside of their normal work duties. This upskilling method gives the apprentice the opportunity to diversify and become a more well-rounded employee by the end of their apprenticeship. Giving apprentices time to spend on research and development during their normal working hours, which also gives learners more job satisfaction and encouragement to learn.
How can ePortfolio help with achieving the required 20% off-the-job training?
With our cloud based ePortfolio, you will have a clear record of the 20% training achieved, by inputting an apprentices’ learning activity and simply highlighting it as off-the-job. The system records these hours then calculates the percentage of off-the job training completed, making it easier for employers, assessors, learners and the training organisation to view the progress made. This record allows everyone involved in the apprenticeship to evaluate if the learner is achieving their targeted off-the-job training and progressing at a good standard, allowing the relevant party to step in where necessary and assist the learner if needed.
This is crucial for not only the learner but the employer as the percentage of off-the-job training must be met. If employers fail to give their apprentices time for off-the-job training, they could face serious implications including loss of funding.
To find out more about how Quals Direct ePortfolio can help achieve the required 20% off-the-job training, give us a call on 0161 969 5231 or click here