Following a meeting with the skills minister on 17 July, AELP has submitted a paper to the Department for Education with substantial evidence from named employers calling for the universally applied 20% off-the-job training rule for apprenticeships to be withdrawn in favour of the employer-led trailblazers recommending the appropriate amount of off-the-job training for each of their standards.


The employers include NHS Trusts and household names such as Rentokil Initial, Pret A Manger and Toni & Guy. As well as supporting the case that a mandatory 20% doesn’t offer any correlation with the quality of the provision actually being delivered, the employers maintain that the costs of meeting the requirement are acting as a significant barrier to engagement. While it is not the only one, AELP member providers are feeding back that the rule is a factor in the huge fall in apprenticeship starts since the beginning of May and therefore in AELP’s view, it requires urgent review. The AELP paper ‘Off-the-job training: Employers say one size does not fit all. Employers and providers call for a review of arbitrary 20% measure‘ can be downloaded here.

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