Employers delivering the new apprenticeships need to give their apprentices off-the-job training for at least 20% of their employed time. The good news is that this training programme can be designed to best suit your business and industry.

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Your options for delivering 20% off the job training

Option 1: Use a training provider to deliver all training

Good things about this route:

  • a learning programme is prepared for your organisation
  • your apprentices gain exposure to the wider industry and best practices
  • a classroom environment helps apprentices learn and share knowledge.


  • more funds need to be allocated to training facilities
  • less flexibility for your organisation to determine when and how apprentices learn
  • classrooms are dependent on the number of apprentices.

Option 2: Do it yourself - create your own in-house training for your apprentices

Good things about this route:

  • greater control over what, when and how your apprentices develop
  • once developed, the process is easily replicable for future programmes
  • removes the added expense of using training providers.


  • lack of a neutral environment for apprentices to reflect on their experience
  • lots of planning to implement a learning programme
  • it’s possible that apprentices might not gain a wider understanding of your industry.  

Option 3: Pick and mix - combine internal and external training

Good things about this route:

  • greater control over implementing the 20% off-the-job training part of the apprenticeship
  • networking opportunities for apprentices
  • fewer costs than a provider-led learning programme.


  • less certainty over how the 20% will be achieved
  • there could be a risk of a lack of consistent learning
  • less guided preparation for end-point assessments.

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"By incorporating some of the best features of apprenticeship systems overseas, we are enhancing our own: with greater employer ownership, improved grounding in English and maths, careers guidance, and high quality, well-equipped training providers" The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP (English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision)