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Training your apprentice

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.

Off-the-job training

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:

  • online
  • 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

An apprenticeship agreement is used to confirm individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and the employer.

You and your apprentice must sign an apprenticeship agreement.

It includes:

  • 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.

It 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 use the apprenticeship commitment statement template.

Find out more about commitment statements in the apprenticeship funding rules.


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