20% off-the-job rule – Apprenticeship training doesn’t need to involve time away from the office

Naturally, many businesses haven’t taken too kindly to the 20% off-the-job rule that is mandatory within the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA’s) Apprenticeship funding rules.

In fact, FE Week reported that the rule was the biggest barrier to Apprenticeship recruitment.

Having staff leave the workplace, in some cases for up to a day a week, causes businesses headaches over the amount of time lost due to Apprenticeship training and the financial implications this has alongside the loss of productivity.

However, whilst traditionally Apprentices would visit a college or enter a training provider’s classroom, there is a new age of training providers emerging that provide a work-based distance learning delivery model which ensures all delivery takes place within the workplace.

Blended and online delivery models help employers cost-effectively meet the 20% off-the-job requirement, whilst providing a huge range of benefits. 

These ‘digital-first’ Apprenticeships offer a delivery model that is based around e-learning content, supplemented by published learning resources, qualified remote skills coaches and on-site Assessors that ensure staff never have to leave the workplace during their Apprenticeship, whilst receiving on demand learner support.

Above all, this ensures businesses still meet the 20% off-the-job rule.

Distance learning not only minimises the impact training has on an employee’s workflow, but the flexible nature of e-learning creates numerous benefits for learners; self-paced learning, real-time access to content that staff can apply immediately to their role, and increased learner engagement via interactive content such as videos, case studies and gamification.

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