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

  1. Participating in online forums relevant to the role and industry
  2. Individual study time – either to complete coursework or review modules
  3. Being mentored by a senior colleague in a role that the apprentice aspires to
  4. Delivering a mentoring session to a colleague
  5. Completing a written or filmed reflective account
  6. Shadowing a colleague’s role and writing a report reflecting on learning
  7. Learning new skills and sharing ideas with colleagues through group learning sessions
  8. Researching tasks to gain new knowledge of the industry
  9. Face-to-face tutor-led delivery or coaching sessions
  10. Internal learning & development sessions relating to the apprenticeship
  11. Completing e-learning modules
  12. Completing project work
  13. Preparing for assessments
  14. Role play or simulating workplace situations
  15. Visits to other departments or businesses to gain an insight into how they operate
  16. Attending industry-related competitions
  17. Attending industry shows, presentations or seminars
  18. Workplace one-to-one performance reviews
  19. Training sessions, such as manual handling or first aid
  20. 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.