One of the core requirements of an apprenticeship programme is that the apprentice spends 20% of their learning time developing their skills through off-the-job training.
Off-the-job training is learning completed outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and there are a range of activities that the apprentice can participate in.
20 ideas for 20% off-the-job training
- Participating in online forums relevant to the role and industry
- Individual study time – either to complete coursework or review modules
- Being mentored by a senior colleague in a role that the apprentice aspires to
- Delivering a mentoring session to a colleague
- Completing a written or filmed reflective account
- Shadowing a colleague’s role and writing a report reflecting on learning
- Learning new skills and sharing ideas with colleagues through group learning sessions
- Researching tasks to gain new knowledge of the industry
- Face-to-face tutor-led delivery or coaching sessions
- Internal learning & development sessions relating to the apprenticeship
- Completing e-learning modules
- Completing project work
- Preparing for assessments
- Role play or simulating workplace situations
- Visits to other departments or businesses to gain an insight into how they operate
- Attending industry-related competitions
- Attending industry shows, presentations or seminars
- Workplace one-to-one performance reviews
- Training sessions, such as manual handling or first aid
- Attending webinars on key industry topics
Interested in taking on a new apprentice or using apprenticeship training to upskill existing members of your team?
Contact the employer engagement team here and we’ll be in touch to discuss your training requirements further.