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Off-The-Job Training

What is off-the-job training?

Off-the-job training is the amount of time spent learning new skills, knowledge and behaviours away from the apprentices usual day-to-day work duties. It is a requirement for all apprentices to spend at least 20% of their contracted working week off-the-job by the end of their  programme. Any training completed outside of the apprentices contracted working hours will not be counted.

Off-the-job training was developed in order to ensure that apprentices are actively learning and working to attain the required knowledge and skills within their sector while enrolled in their placement program.

The number of off-the-job hours required to complete the apprenticeship are calculated at the start of the programme and recorded on the Commitment Statement document. The employer is also responsible for ensuring that the apprentice has the opportunities for work-based learning to allow them achieve their off-the-job training requirements.

It is a requirement of all apprentices to keep a clear and detailed log the time spent on off-the-job activities, and what has been undertaken for the duration of their programme.

Can you give me some examples?

Some examples of off-the-job training activities for apprentices at the University of Suffolk are listed below:

  • Online or face-to-face lectures
  • Time spent on research and assignments (including reflective journals, podcasts, blogs, quizzes, portfolios of evidence, case studies and presentations)
  • Training with or shadowing colleagues in other departments or wards to impart new skills
  • Time with a mentor or offering mentoring to others
  • Taking part in industry visits, competitions, workshops or conferences
  • Online forums
  • 1-2-1 or group sessions with fellow apprentices/students to discuss assignment briefs
  • Time spent with the Learning Services team for Study Support (not English and Maths)
  • Role play and simulation
  • Using the FutureMe careers platform

As off-the-job training is about imparting new skills that are linked to the standards that form the apprenticeship, the following must not be included:

  • Time spent undertaking English or maths training/exams
  • Time spent attending tripartite/progress reviews
  • On-programme assessments
  • Training which takes place outside of the apprentices working hours
  • Training which does not link to the apprenticeship standard

I'm still not sure. How can I find out more?

Any apprentices with queries about off-the-job training are advised to liaise with their Skills Coach or to email 

There are a number of publications which provide further advice and guidance about off-the-job training, as follows: