Apprenticeship rules state: Apprentices must spend a minimum of 20% of their paid working time completing ‘off-the-job’ training.
Understandably, many employers see this as a barrier to using funded apprenticeship training to help them develop new, or upskill existing employees, fearing this means that apprentices will need to spend a lot of time away from the workplace which will have a big impact on the productivity of their business.
This is not the barrier that most employers fear it will be
The first thing to note is that this ‘20% minimum’ requirement only applies to the training phase and not the end-point assessment phase of an apprenticeship programme. So typically, a full-time salesperson enrolled on the Sales Executive Apprenticeship would spend, on average, 6-7 hours a week completing ‘off-the-job’ training activities over the course of their 10-14 month training period, then substantially less time ‘off-the-job’ preparing and completing their final assessment during their final 3-4 month assessment period.
Apprentices do not need 1-day ‘off’ each week for training!
To explain why, let’s first look at what the term ‘off-the-job training’ actually means.