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As the name implies, off-the-job training is the training done on behalf of employers, usually away from their premises. It can involve both theory (background knowledge) and practical training and may include assessment and examinations. Although usually delivered on the premises of the provider it may involve online learning in the workplace and visits from provider staff to the employer in order to deliver aspects of training.
How does your off-the-job training compare with that of the most effective provision seen on inspection?
The following strengths and areas for improvement have been taken from recent inspection reports across the Ofsted Learning and Skills remit.
If you were given a similar area for improvement bullet at the end of your last inspection, self assessed this area as an area for improvement, or want to work to avoid such areas for improvement, then consider what inspectors judge to be key.
How much flexibility is there in starting points for learners to access off-the-job training?
How do you ensure that the off-the-job training sessions are planned as part of a complete programme?
Do learners and their employers have copies of training programme activities?
If you have a ‘buddying’ system in place how effectively does it enable learners to support each other?
Is each off-the-job training session planned with clear objectives and linked to other sessions?
From your observations of training, give examples of how learners are challenged and stimulated.
How do you ensure that learning materials and training methods used reflect current industrial practice?
From your observations of training, how is health and safety reinforced and are safe working practices always followed?
If online training materials are available, can all learners access them (how is this checked)?
How do you ensure that trainers have sufficient occupational knowledge and experience?
How can apprentices apply off-the-job training in the workplace?
How is off-the-job training evaluated?
What improvements have been made as a result?
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