How will apprenticeship training be delivered? This is one of the biggest questions on the minds of employers when they are thinking about going down the apprenticeship route – either under the Levy or as an SME.
How will my employee be trained?
How much time will they spend away from their job?
What’s the balance between on and off the job training?
Many Levy payers have never engaged with apprenticeships before so the question as to ‘how’ apprenticeships are delivered often comes up. In this guide, we’ll explore some of the delivery methods for a couple of our high-value apprenticeships standards and get to the bottom of what is meant by ‘off-the-job’ training.
There can be a variety of different methods that make up a delivery model - it can be a mixture of classroom sessions, online learning or even learning at the workplace. This blend of learning is an effective way to build up the skills of your employee to ensure they get the right knowledge and skills that fit within their job role - and often the delivery model will be specific to each apprenticeship.
For example, the delivery methods for the team leader/supervisor level 3 apprenticeship standard is:
A taught workshop – 1 day every 6 weeks
Skills Coach visit – Every 4-6 weeks
Independent study session/Online Learning – Min 3 hours per week
Skype sessions – Every 4-6 weeks
Shadowing/mentoring – To be agreed.
However, for the chartered manager level 6 degree apprenticeship standard, there are lectures on a weekly basis, assignments and coaching observations.
To find out more about the delivery methods for each of our apprenticeship standards, take a look at our infographics here .
Off-the-job training for apprentices
A survey from the Learning and Work Institute, found that nearly a third of employers who currently have apprentices, weren’t aware they had to allow their apprentices one in five days to do off-the-job training. Also, 23 per cent didn’t know that this training had to be included in an apprentice’s working hours.
The government’s aim to put apprenticeships on an even footing with academic qualifications has resulted in creating the apprenticeship reforms and therefore, providing a much stricter training and assessment regime.
In its guidance for employers, the government states: “Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-today working environment and leads towards the achievement of the Apprenticeship. This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.”
Under the new rules, employers must ensure their apprentices are spending the requisite amount of time in off-the-job training.
Employees must pay their apprentices their regular salary (at least minimum wage) during off-the-job training, which can’t include any on-programme assessments required within the framework or standard they’re doing.
The difference between off-the-job and on the job training can sometimes be hard to distinguish. On the job training includes: meetings, projects, working to KPIs and being coached and mentored. Whereas, off-the-job training can include (but not limited to): lectures, assignments, interactive workshops, coaching observations, e-learning and workplace learning.
Off-the-job training must be carried out within working hours and can’t be considered as ‘homework’ the apprentice can do while off the clock.
Traditionally, the way this has been carried out is with the apprentice either spending one day a week (or one week a month) at the training provider or a combination of on and off-the-job training with both the provider and employer. However, it doesn’t mean the apprentice will be off-site for one day a week, every week - it can be shadowing other members of staff, getting involved in different projects, attending different meetings as long as it’s activities that the apprentice wouldn’t usually do as part of their day job.
Over to you
Delivery methods will differ in each apprenticeship standard, however we can talk you through what is included in each standard - from delivery methods to what skills, knowledge and behaviours the apprentice will develop.
And if you’re looking for further information on a specific apprenticeship standard, be sure to get in touch with our expert Levy team today: