Apprenticeships are government funded training programmes which combine work based learning with training sessions and independent study. They cover a wide range of levels from starter through to senior executive.
The programmes offer a nationally recognised, formal qualification which is funded through the Apprenticeship levy and by government. The Apprentice will follow an approved study programme for a minimum of 12 months which combines training and development workshops, independent study and on the job learning. At the end of the programme the Apprentice will go through end point assessment (EPA) to assess the new knowledge and skills acquired. On successful completion of EPA they will gain a nationally recognised qualification. At level 3 this would be equivalent to A levels and at level 5 equivalent to a foundation degree.
Please find below a link to a useful guide, available on the UK Government website, explaining what off-the-job training is: