A recent survey by the Learning and Work Institute has found that 32% of employers are not aware of the 20% off the job training rule for Apprentices (FEWeek.co.uk).
Debbie Scotton from North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College outlines this rule and the impact it will have for local businesses looking to recruit an Apprentice.
What is the 20% rule?
“As part of their programme, all Apprentices are required to complete 20% off-the-job training.
The aim is to reinforce ‘practical, work-based learning with theoretical learning’.
“To begin with, it’s important to define what is meant by off-the job training. This is: learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the Apprenticeship.
This can include:
- Theory – such as lectures, role playing, online learning, simulation exercises or manufacturer training
- Practical training apprentices wouldn’t usually do during the week – such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits or competitions
- Support/time writing assignments
“Training can take place at the place of work but must not be part of normal working duties. It also applies to current frameworks and the new standards.
“Another key point is that this training must be separate to English and maths training and progress reviews/assessments.
“It is the responsibility of the employer and the main training provider to ensure this 20% is met.
“Training providers, including ourselves, can deliver all off-the-job training as part of the agreed cost for Apprenticeship training. Employers may also choose to undertake off-the-job training in-house.
“As a training provider we are working with small, medium and large employers across a wide range of sectors to deliver Apprenticeship training programmes. We will work with you to design a training plan to meet the specific needs of your organisation, including the arrangement of the 20% of-the-job-training.”
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