08 Feb How do I train my Apprentice ?

Here we give you some information about what to expect during an apprenticeship.

During their apprenticeship, your apprentice will receive two different types of training:

‘Off-the-job’ training is delivered by a training provider during your apprentice’s normal working hours.

This training will teach your apprentice the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard so they can achieve occupational competence.

‘On-the-job’ training will be delivered by you, as the employer.  You’ll need to give your apprentice training and supervision to help them perform the job you’ve hired them for.

Off-the-job training

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours completing off-the-job training.  It can be flexible so doesn’t have to mean 1 day out of the workplace every week.

For example, training could take place:

  • Online
  • at the apprentice’s place of work
  • at a college or university or with a training provider
  • Or it could be a combination of these options.


The frequency can vary as follows: – 1 day a week, or part of a working day, or blocks of time.  Some apprenticeships begin with a block of training to get the apprentice work-ready.

The Metal Casting, Foundry & Patternmaking Apprentice programme is delivered on a block-basis, for instance.

You can agree a suitable training schedule to suit the needs of your business with your training provider.

English and Maths Skills

Your apprentice may also need to study for English and maths qualifications as part of their apprenticeship.

You must allow your apprentice time to study for this within their normal working hours.

Note that studying for English and maths is not counted as part of the 20% minimum off-the-job training requirement.

Contact us to be put in touch with organisations who can help you find out about apprenticeships for business, and help you to start the process of taking on apprentices.

Please join our dedicated webinar on apprenticeships for the casting and foundry industry  – 16 March 2021 at 2pm. Please Contact us for joining details.

Angela Mason
Angela Mason