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On-programme learning (England only)

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set in apprenticeship standards. Depending on the standard, there will be different exercises and ways to help absorb and demonstrate an apprentice’s learning.

You can choose both the City & Guilds on-programme offer and end-point assessment (EPA) or just pick one. And if you use just our EPA, we give your apprentices access to our free, online EPA preparation tool in the run up to their assessment to help build their confidence and get them ready - giving them the best chance of success.

Prepare your apprentices for assessment right from the beginning of their journey with our resources. The high-quality learning solutions are built on years working across specialist industries. They draw out the skills, knowledge and behaviours apprentices need.

Core content

Whatever your apprenticeship standard, our blend of e-learning and core content gives you the basics to deliver it. The package covers:

  • Prevent
  • British values
  • Equality and diversity 
  • Health and safety

This will keep you on track to meet regulatory requirements. We deliver this content through SmartScreen, our online teaching and learning support for tutors, apprentices and assessors.

In-depth resources

For a selection of apprenticeship standards you can use our standard-specific, detailed learning resources to support your apprentices. This includes: 

  • Apprenticeship training manuals – give full coverage of the standard with exercises and tasks that prepare apprentices thoroughly for assessment. They may be in print or online.
  • Practice test and assessments – building apprentices’ confidence for on-going assessment and for EPA and to help their employers and training providers monitor their performance.
  • Specialised learning plans – supporting tutors and apprentices by giving back more time to teach and less time for planning and admin.
  • E-learning and video content – helping apprentices get to grips with their subject with engaging content that aids a deeper understanding.
  • Maths and English support – creating real-world examples specific to the standard to encourage apprentices’ learning.  

Get to gateway

For some standards we offer a web-based learning solution that offers complete coverage of the standard. The simple-to-use system has preparation for assessment at its heart. It includes:

  • Tracking tools and reporting
  • Tasks and e-learning
  • Assessment practice
  • Tasks to approve and evidence 20% off-the-job training.

If you’re an employer or training provider with your own training resources or programme, you can incorporate this into the platform. Talk to us about this.

Over spring and summer 2018, we’re looking for people to join our supported trial of this package for the Customer Service Practitioner standard. Find out more.

Support for 20% off-the-job training

All apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training as part of the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. It must be within an apprentice’s paid hours and doesn’t have to be away from the workplace. Managing and auditing this can be difficult. You may make it easier with e-portfolios or specialist content.

  • Learning Assistant, our e-portfolio, lets you sign off, assess and track the 20%. 
  • Our get to gateway package (see above) has content that fulfils and tracks the 20% requirement. 

Both options have already been tested and met Ofsted requirements. 

Learn more about 20% and other funding requirements by searching our past or forthcoming events and webinars or from our funding page.


Maths and English support

Most apprentices will need help to improve their maths and English and achieving this is an essential part of gateway. We offer tried and tested online and offline English and maths resources – and even training to make curriculum teams feel more confident delivering maths and English.

For employers looking to make their own training stand out when it's used during an apprenticeship, our accreditation team can add the City & Guilds mark of quality to your course.

Because of the difference in standards, what we can offer varies by standard – get in touch to find out how we can help create the right arrangement for you.

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