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Apprentices’ existing knowledge can reduce training time

What can contribute to reductions in training

Apprentices’ existing knowledge can lead to reductions in off-the-job training. This could be due to an apprentice’s relevant:

  • industry or sector experience
  • training like an IT course
  • qualifications like an NVQ in a relevant field

What this means for you

This could mean:

  • less apprentice time spent on off-the-job training
  • the apprentice qualifying earlier

The training provider will be able to tell you which will apply for your apprentice. This will depend on how the provider delivers training.

The apprentice’s individual training plan will be based on the outcome of the initial assessment. This plan will ensure they’re fully competent for their role, without covering material they already know.

What this means for existing employees

Existing employees could also be eligible for reductions in apprenticeship training.

If you’re confident in the apprentices' competence in an area of an apprenticeship, you can raise this before they start.

When and how reductions are decided

Before the apprenticeship begins, you will be involved in an initial assessment. This is a conversation between you, the apprentice, and the training provider.

This is a chance to identify areas of the apprenticeship that the apprentice is already competent in. If all three parties agree, then the apprentice should not have to do this part of the training.

After reductions have been agreed, the apprenticeship must be at least 12 months in length.


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