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On-programme learning

On-programme learning (England only)

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in an apprenticeship standard and required to pass the end-point assessment. Depending on the standard, there will be different methods to help absorb and demonstrate an apprentice’s learning.

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.

Our assessment experts have carefully mapped the skills, knowledge and behaviours required and developed a blend of teaching and learning resources to give your learners the best chance of success.

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

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 – our online training manuals map apprentice tasks to the skills required for Maths & English, giving learners the opportunity to practice and/or demonstrate their learning in a real working environment.

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.

Support for managing and delivering 20% off-the-job training

Managing and auditing the 20% off-the-job training can be difficult. Our e-portfolios and specialist content can make this easier.

  • Learning Assistant, our e-portfolio, lets you sign off, assess and track the 20%, while enhancing the quality of the learning experience.
  • Our get to gateway package (see above) has content that fulfils and tracks the 20% requirement.
  • Managed Learning Service - for a minimum of 100 apprentice starts per year, our managed learning service, powered by PIVOT, is an end-to-end platform that handles the set-up, management and delivery of apprenticeships.

All 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 all apprenticeship standards require the achievement of qualifications in these subjects before the apprentice reaches Gateway.

Where qualifications in maths and English need to be completed as part of the apprenticeship, funding is available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) – typically to work towards Functional Skills English and/or Functional Skills Mathematics.

The ESFA also publishes a list of other qualifications that may be accepted in lieu of Functional Skills if already achieved prior to the apprenticeship. For details, please see English and maths requirements in apprenticeship standards at level 2 and above (gov.uk).

We offer a range of digital learning resources, regular webinar updates and other support to help curriculum teams delivering maths and English. Visit our dedicated page for more information.

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.