Off the Job

Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of day-to-day work duties and leads toward the achievement of the apprenticeship. 

This training takes place within the apprentice’s normal (contracted) working hours. The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship. Off-the-job training can take place at many locations including the workplace, off-site (e.g. classroom) or from home via distance learning. The off-the-job training activities can often take place at any location as part of a mixed training approach. So remember, it’s the activity, rather than the location, that determines whether the training counts towards the 20% off-the-job training.

You know you can evidence the 20% off the job training through:  

  • Pictures and videos
  • Lectures, seminars and webinars
  • Relevant reading
  • Peer discussions
  • Preparation for exams and assessment
  • Discussions with staff, clients, assessors and tutors and management
  • Shadowing 
  • Online learning for additional support and guidance 
  • Industry open days
  • Professional networking
  • Assignment writing
  • Product training
  • Demonstrations
  • Roleplay and simulated exercises
  • Visit other departments, businesses or government departments
  • Understanding and maintenance of equipment and machinery 
  • Visits, exhibitions, trade fairs, wedding fairs
  • Assessments, group and individual assignments
  • Competitions
  • Sale rep consultations and testimonials 
  • Different software training
  • Shadowing bosses and mentors
  • Team projects
  • Training on the platform

The 20% off-the-job training provides the time to focus and develop the required skills, knowledge and behaviours to achieve the apprenticeship. There are lots of activities that can contribute to off-the-job training. The key thing to remember is that it must be relevant to the apprenticeship.