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Off-the-job training is an essential component of many apprenticeship programs. It refers to any learning or training that takes place outside of the apprentice's usual place of work or job role. Off-the-job training is designed to provide apprentices with a broad range of knowledge and skills that they can apply in their work, and to ensure that they meet the requirements of their apprenticeship standards.

Off-the-job training may include classroom-based learning, online courses, workshops, seminars, or practical training sessions. It may be delivered by the training provider, the employer, or a third-party training provider. Examples of off-the-job training activities may include:

  • Health and safety training

  • Technical training

  • Soft skills training, such as communication or teamwork

  • Leadership and management training

  • Industry-specific training, such as coding or digital marketing

Off-the-job training does not include:


  • English and maths (up to level 2) which is funded separately

  • Progress reviews or on-programme assessment needed for an Apprenticeship standard

  • Training which takes place outside the Apprentice’s paid working hours

Off-the-job training is typically delivered in structured and planned sessions, with the aim of providing a cohesive and comprehensive learning experience for the apprentice. The amount of off-the-job training required will depend on the specific apprenticeship program and may vary between sectors and industries.

It is important to note that off-the-job training does not include tasks that the apprentice would perform as part of their regular job duties. It is also not related to the day-to-day operational tasks of the business, but rather provides a broader perspective and skillset to the apprentice.

Overall, off-the-job training is an essential component of any apprenticeship program, providing apprentices with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their chosen career path.

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