All apprentices spend at least 20% of their time on Off The Job (OTJ) training. Apprentices don’t need to be called away from their job one day a week - in fact, they don't even need to leave the office.
It can happen in the workplace - Off the job training refers to any activity relevant to the job but not covered by day-to-day tasks. Department of Education (DoE) guidelines on Off The Job training state 'It is the activity, rather than the location that determines whether the training meets the funding rules definition'
It doesn’t need to take up one day a week - The requirement is measured as 20% of an apprentice’s working hours over the course of the apprenticeship. It can be delivered as one hour a day, a few days over a few weeks, or a solid block – whatever suits best
There'll still be someone to tend the fort - For groups of apprentices, off the job tasks can be arranged for individuals or smaller groups. Firebrand Learning Mentors can arrange training courses across our public schedule, so that apprentices are not all out of the office at once
It enhances, not inhibits, the ability to do the job - Training should improve apprentices’ understanding of their role and your wider business. Where possible, it should form part of necessary day-to-day activity
Our Learning Mentors work with apprentices’ employer mentors, line managers and colleagues to identify job-related activities that qualify as OTJ activity.
These may include: