20% OFF THE JOB TRAINING FOR APPRENTICESHIPS
The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) rules for funding require that all apprenticeships since the 1st May 2017 must contain 20% off the job training. This is all part of the government’s drive towards higher quality apprenticeships provision and prevents some employers and training providers skimping on the training provision in favour of “dropping apprentice’s in at the deep end” and “learning on the job” etc.
At NowSkills we’re dedicated to high-quality IT apprenticeships and this is reflected in the investments we’ve made in our teaching staff, our delivery methods and our classroom facilities.
DOES THE 20% OFF THE JOB TRAINING APPLY TO ALL APPRENTICES?
Yes, for all starts since May 17.
20% is a quite a lot of time for training, about 1 day per week and will have an impact on employers who will lose their apprentice as they learn new skills. For employers want to know if it applies to existing employees who want to enrol onto an apprenticeship. The answer is “Yes”. Some providers have a focus on working with employers to enrol their employees onto apprenticeships, but employers need to be aware that if they do there is a requirement for the apprentice to have 20% of their time spent on off the job training.
WHAT COUNTS TOWARDS THE 20% REQUIREMENT?
If your apprentice is studying Functional Skills in Maths and English as part of their apprenticeship, then this DOES NOT count towards the 20% requirement. Progress reviews and assessments that form part of the apprenticeship DO NOT count towards the 20% requirement. If the training takes place outside of working hours then this DOES NOT count towards the requirement.
However, the teaching of theory (for example lectures, role-playing, simulation exercises, online learning* or manufacturer training), Practical training: shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attendance at
competitions and Learning support and time spent writing assessments/assignments are COUNTEDtowards the 20% requirement.
*CAN’T I JUST GIVE MY APPRENTICE DISTANCE LEARNING OR ONLINE STUDY?
No, Funding rules point 82.5 (Version 4) says that off the job training delivered only by distance learning cannot be funded. This is part of a drive towards quality and completion of apprenticeships.Whilst NowSkills offers a blend of classroom learning supplemented by some online learning, the majority required to meet the Knowledge Modules of the Apprenticeship Standard is done in a classroom.
HOW DO NOWSKILLS MANAGE TO 20% OFF THE JOB TRAINING REQUIREMENT?
NowSkills offers a blend of classrom training and online study to ensure your apprentice receives high-quality training provides and skills that will equip your apprentice in their role with you. Our tutors will work with you to record evidence of the off the job training to ensure the funding rules are adhered to.
Further Reading: Gov.uk: Apprenticeships: off-the-job training