Off-the-job training is defined 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 must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.
The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and could include the following:
- The teaching of theory (lectures, simulation exercises, online learning etc)
- Practical training (shadowing, mentoring, industry visits
A quick calculation of the number of off-the-job training hours an apprentice would require:
Assumptions: 12 months, 6 weeks holiday, so 52 -6 = 46 weeks of work.
Average hours per week = 30.
Total number of hours per year: = 46 x 30 = 1380 hours.
Off-the-job = 0.2 x 1380 = 276 hours
Hours per week = 276/46 = 6 hours per week.
Example off-the-job tasks
10 days training @ 8 hours per day = 80 hours
3 hours shadowing per week = 3 x 46 = 138 hours
Online learning = 30 hours
Self-study / reflections = 30 hours
Total = 80 + 138 + 30 + 30 = 278 hours.