Off the Job Training

Steps to help you determine whether an activity counts as off-the-job training:

Key Facts:


Off-the-job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice's contracted hours, over the total duration of the apprentice's planned training period.


Off-the-job training can be delivered in the apprentice's normal workplace or at an external location.


Progress reviews and on-programme assessments do not count towards 20% off-the-job training, as they do not deliver new knowledge, skills and behaviours.


If need, English and Maths training must be on top of the 20% off-the-job training requirement.

Myth vs Fact

"My apprentice will spend a lot of time away from the workplace."

"Off-the-job training must be delivered by a provider in a classroom, at an external location."

"I need to document all of the apprentice's off-the-job training."

"English and maths counts towards the 20% requirements for off-the-job training."

"Off-the-job training can be done in the apprentice's own time."

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You can find further details about off-the-job training including best practice examples in the apprenticeship funding rules and the apprenticeships off-the-job training guidance on the GOV.UK