Blog: Creating compelling evidence for 20% off-the-job training

A core part of any apprenticeship is the element spent on off-the-job training

25 September 2019

Off-the job training looks different for every employer – it could consist of a day spent each week completing a college course, a few hours a day shadowing a senior colleague, weekly mentoring sessions and more.

The term is deliberately flexible so that the training can be shaped to the needs of the apprentice and employer, and is a great way for apprentices to learn essential skills and for employers to develop the future of their company.

However, many employers have concerns about how to effectively record evidence. There is no set format for evidence collection, but it must reflect not only what was done but how it has enriched the apprentices learning.

Paula Gibson, Strategic Commercial Manager for City & Guilds and ILM, has seen many employers struggle to provide evidence of 20% off-the-job: “I have read many outcome reports from very recent Ofsted visits whereby employer providers haven’t been able to demonstrate how the 20% off-the-job is being met, or to show sufficient progression of the apprentices in a timely fashion.”

We are running a series of workshops in London, Manchester and Wakefield to give employers with in-house apprenticeship programmes an opportunity to learn best practice from the experts – including representatives from Ofsted itself. The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) is quite different to previous guidance, with more focus on the intent of the employer. The workshop will focus on what inspectors are looking for, how to effectively record evidence, and how to make sure you are ready for a visit from Ofsted.

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