In a recently published document, the Department for Education has indicated that 20% of apprentices’ time must be allocated to off-the-job training.
They define off-the-job training 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 mustn’t be delivered as part of their normal working duties. It must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard.”
This 20% is applied to the apprentice’s contracted time and doesn’t include their English and maths provision. For a typical 37-hour contract, this equates to around 50 days a year or about one day a week in off-the-job training. Add on the time for functional skills study and an apprentice could be away from the workplace for a day and a half or even two days a week.
Paul Turner, Futures Leader at NCFE, highlights these potential concerns in his recent article.