Why you should log your 20% off-the-job hours

Have you ever considered why it is essential for you to log your 20% off-the-job training as an apprentice? 

Maybe you think it isn’t important and it is just another task that you have to find time to complete? This is a rhetorical question since you will have to find time to do it anyway.

How great is it to be able to reflect on the new skills you are learning whilst you log your off-the-job hours? This time has been given to you by your employer to learn new skills and behaviours associated with your job role. Why run the risk of failing your course because you haven’t taken the time to log all of the hours of hard work you have put into your training and list the new incredible skills you have developed?

This time taken away from your day job is designed to set you up for success in achieving gateway and your final end-point assessment. You don’t have to be physically away from work; the hours only need to be separate from your everyday role. Being meticulous about logging these hours is essential for you to achieve your apprenticeship and, therefore, your goal of becoming qualified.

It is good practice to complete a training log to remember all of the valuable things you learn on your apprenticeship journey. 

This can then be reviewed by your tutor to establish whether you have any gaps in your knowledge and skills so that they can work with you to address any shortfalls. Your tutor should have shared with you the types of activities that count towards your 20% off-the-job hours. A few of these can include:

  • Researching and writing assignments
  • Revising for your end of point assessment (EPA)
  • Attending online training sessions

You could also develop a reflective log that gives you some private time to write down your thoughts about your new knowledge and skills and work out how you will put these into practice. You may want to share some of the skills you are developing with other people in your team.

As part of your training log, try breaking the overall number of hours needed into a monthly target so that you can add these up as you go along. This way, you will be able to see if you are achieving your target. Remember, 20% off-the-job is the minimum you will need to achieve overall success at the EPA and using a log to track your progress is an excellent discipline to adopt.

You have an excellent opportunity to study for your apprenticeship. 

Your employer has invested time and money to enable you to progress your career. They have even given you time off to study! By logging the hours you are taking to learn, you can track your progress and work towards your EPA, knowing that you have everything covered to show that you are occupationally competent in your chosen career. 

Take the time to make your apprenticeship work for you, record the steps you have taken along the way to success and take pride in the new knowledge and skills you are gaining.


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