During their apprenticeship, your apprentice will receive two different types of training.
‘Off-the-job’ training is delivered by a training provider during your apprentice's normal working hours.
This training will teach your apprentice the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard so they can achieve occupational competence.
‘On-the-job’ training will be delivered by you, as the employer. You'll need to give your apprentice training and supervision to help them perform the job you've hired them for.
Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job training.
It can be flexible and doesn’t have to mean 1 day out of the workplace every week.
For example, training could take place:
at the apprentice’s place of work
at a college or university or with a training provider
Or it could be a combination of these options.
The frequency can vary, for example:
1 day a week
part of a working day
blocks of time
For instance, some apprenticeships begin with a block of training to get the apprentice work-ready.
You can agree a suitable training schedule to suit the needs of your business with your training provider.
English and maths
Your apprentice may also need to study for maths and English qualifications as part of their apprenticeship.
You must allow your apprentice time to study for this within their normal working hours.
Studying for English and maths is not counted as part of the 20% minimum off-the-job training requirement.
An apprenticeship agreement
You must sign an apprenticeship agreement with your apprentice.
This gives details of what you agree to do for the apprentice, including:
how long you’ll employ them for
the training they’ll receive
their working conditions
the qualifications they are working towards
You can write your own or download an apprenticeship agreement template.
An apprenticeship commitment statement
You must also sign an apprenticeship commitment statement with your apprentice and the training provider.
This must include:
the planned content and schedule for training
what is expected and offered by the employer, the training organisation and the apprentice
how to resolve queries or complaints
You can write your own or download an apprenticeship commitment statement template.