Apprenticeship Off the Job Training Guide – updates

9 November, 2023

The Apprenticeship Off the Job Training Guide was updated in October to reflect the 2023/2024 Funding rules.

This guide takes you through what off-the-job training means, how to calculate and document off-the-job training as well as delivering and evidencing it.

What the funding rules say:

The provider must ensure that off-the-job training delivers new skills that are directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard. It can include:

  • The teaching of theory (e.g. lectures, role playing, simulation exercises, online learning and manufacturer training);
  • Practical training (e.g. shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and participation in competitions);
  • Learning support;
  • Time spent writing assignments; and
  • Revision (where this is specifically required for achievement of the apprenticeship).

The Off the Job Training Guide states the following:

There are four key tests. To be considered as off-the-job training, the activity must:

  • Teach new knowledge, skills and behaviours;
  • Be directly relevant to the apprenticeship standard;
  • Take place in the apprentice’s normal working hours; and
  • Exclude ineligible activities such as initial assessment and English and maths.

What’s not included:

The provider must ensure that the following activities are not included as off-the-job training:

  • Initial assessment and onboarding activities;
  • English and maths training;
  • Training to acquire knowledge, skills and behaviours that are not required by the apprenticeship standard;
  • Progress reviews;
  • Examinations and other testing; and
  • Training which takes place outside the apprentice’s normal working hours (unless the apprentice has been paid for these additional hours or been given time off in lieu).

You can access the full guide here.

This infographic will also help you.