What is #offthejob training?

What is off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training can be defined as learning which is undertaken outside the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. Understanding what qualifies as off-the-job training and ensuring that the activity is different from what the individual does on a daily basis is key to achieving the requirement. Simply put, off-the-job training is learning away from the apprentices normal day-to-day activities.

With this being completely new territory, the flexibility of the term is deliberate and it will mean different things for apprentices in every industry. Apprenticeships have always been about training to gain, not only developing existing skills, and for this to happen a level of learning needs to take place.

Not only can off-the-job training include workshops, shadowing, mentoring and industry visits, but also allows allocation for time to complete assignments and learning support. For clarity, it cannot however include progress reviews; on-programme assessments or training outside the apprenticeships paid hours.

Luckily, many organisations may not find this unfamiliar territory, especially for those that have operated apprenticeships or formal training programmes, where these practices will already likely be taking place. Things like mentoring are a key off-the-job component where communication and teamwork skills can be taught in a typical working environment.

When deciding if an activity constitutes off-the-job, it’s always helpful to compare it with that of a fully occupationally competent staff member, making it possible for training to take place in many different areas across the business, even the apprentice’s normal workstation.

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