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 that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties. The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or
standard and could 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 attendance at
  • Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments

Off-the-job training does not include:

  • English and maths (up to level 2) which is funded separately
  • progress reviews or on-programme assessment needed for an apprenticeship framework or standard,
  • training which takes place outside the apprentice’s paid working hours.
20% off-the-job training best practice guidelines

This publication helps employers understand the off-the-job training requirements involved when recruiting an apprentice and provides some best practice examples.

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