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Hot Topic Learning - Meeting the Required 20% 'off-the-job' Activities for Apprentices

9th February 2021 Date of publication

The Guiding Principles

Off-the-job training is focused on teaching new skills rather than assessing existing skills and it is the responsibility of both the main provider and the employer to ensure that an apprentice spends a minimum of 20% of their employed time doing off-the-job training.

The off-the-job training must take place during employed time. If training must take place in an evening or outside of contracted hours, it would be expected this to be recognised (for example: through time off in lieu).

To decide whether a training activity constitutes ‘off-the-job’ training, it may be helpful to consider it in comparison to activities undertaken by other staff who are fully occupationally competent.

Distance learning can be used as part of off-the-job training but the funding rules do not permit all off-thejob training to be delivered in this way, it must be as part of a blended approach.

Hot Topic Learning - Meeting the Required 20% 'off-the-job' Activities for Apprentices

One Awards bespoke accreditation is aimed at providing additionality to your training programmes or, to provide accredited solutions if you can't find a regulated qualification that specifically meets the needs of your learners, customers or employers.

For example, we are working with our centres to develop bespoke solutions to meet the requirements for 20% ‘off-the-job’ activities for Apprentices. You may wish to read our hot topic learning article here.

Our aim is to assist you to:

By providing a swift and flexible bespoke accreditation development service, allowing you to create accredited units to underpin learning, quality assure and certificate your learners.

We have a vast bank of ‘ready made’ units that you can access as a recognised centre with us, or we can work with you to develop brand new units to meet your exacting needs. You can retain the intellectual property (IP) on your product whilst getting it formally recognised.

How to find out more

If you would like to talk to us about Bespoke Accreditation and how this might add value to, or enhance your established learning programmes, please contact business-enquiries@nocn.org.uk and we would be delighted to discuss this with you.

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