Learning programmes have always consisted of a mix of on the job and off the job training. This can lead to confusion amongst learners and employers as to what off the job training entails. Off the job training isn’t just classroom tuition. It is anything that isn’t usually done during the working day. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) thus define ‘off-the-job training’ as:
‘Learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the (qualification). This can include training that is delivered at the … normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.’
The Benefits of Off the Job Training
This gives employers and trainees alike a chance to do something original whilst learning new skills and adding value to the business. Across Europe, many countries buy into off the job learning and hence reap its rewards.
Greater Development of Skills
Allowing your staff the time to learn away from the workplace will deliver many benefits. They will develop new skills and bright ideas. This happens because they are freed from the pressures of work. Skills gaps will be closed, and even more, learning shared with colleagues. Fresh and vibrant new thinking can challenge old ways of working and revitalise the workplace.
Continuous Professional Development
Off-the-job learning has clear benefits. Other members of staff often get on board. Professional development is an ideal way to boost productivity and improve morale. It also helps to increase retention rates. It is a cycle that continues to show benefits. Employees who can take on wider responsibilities will help your company to run more efficiently and therefore show a greater profit.
Shows An Interest in Staff Growth
Bosses who invest in their staff through training and development show that they value their people. Their employees are the most important asset. Management who support personal growth will, as a result, find them more motivated and productive.
Examples of Off the Job Training
Off the job training can include many online activities, the teaching of theory, practical training, shadowing or using workbooks. There are many more eligible tasks that can be included in order to prepare for a final assessment. They should offer a lively and therefore a memorable diversion from a normal daily work. This element of the training does not include English and maths tuition, training out-of-hours or progress reviews.
Demonstrating Off the Job Training
You and your trainer provider will add the 20% off-the-job-training to the programme. An audit may follow. ESFA and Ofsted won’t be trying to catch either of you out. What they will need to know, however, is that the investment in learning is effective and well documented. Each learner should have a commitment statement for the programme which shows the delivery method for the 20% off-the-job training.
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