Employers that provide apprenticeships must be able to produce evidence that they are meeting certain obligations. One of the most important of these is that every apprentice must spend 20% of their time on “off-the-job learning”, and this must in turn be evidenced by the employer.
Apprenticeship Commitments: A guide to evidencing
What does this mean?
In order to fully understand this requirement, we should define two key terms: “20% of their time” and “off-the-job learning”.
What constitutes 20% of an apprentice's time?
Next, we must ascertain just what is meant by “off-the-job learning”. Off-the-job learning is any learning which takes place outside of the normal, day-to-day working environment and actively contributes towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. The learning must be directly related to the relevant apprenticeship standard or framework and cannot include English or maths, or any training to acquire skills, knowledge or experience not required by the relevant standard or framework.
Off-the-job learning could include:
The teaching of relevant theory (college classes, online learning, manufacturer training, etc.);
Practical training (shadowing, mentoring, industry visits or attendance at competitions);
Learning support and time spent on assessments or assignments.
Off-the-job learning does not include:
English and maths (up to level 2) which is funded separately;
Progress reviews, or any assessment that may be required for the apprenticeship standard or framework;
Any training which takes place outside of the apprentice's contracted hours.
Evidencing an apprentice's off-the-job learning
Amongst other requirements listed in the apprenticeship funding rules, an employer’s evidence pack must contain:
Evidence to support the funding claimed, including information on how the 20% off-the-job learning will be quantified and subsequently delivered;
Details of the apprentice’s employment, including name of employer, contracted hours (including paid training and 20% off-the-job learning) and the total planned length of the apprenticeship.
How to make evidencing easier
For an employer, keeping on top of evidencing can be one of the most daunting parts of the apprenticeship funding process. The utilisation of apprenticeship software can be highly useful in storing important information, meaning that detailed records are kept of every apprentice’s activity and these can be referenced whenever necessary.
With Rubitek, an employer can track their apprentice’s progress, record timesheets and monitor how much time has been spent on off-the-job learning. This means, when evidence is required, it’s all at your fingertips. To find out more about how Rubitek could help your business make the most of its apprenticeships, contact us today on 0330 133 0540 or email email@example.com.