20% Off The Job


It is a requirement of the programme, that all participants are able to spend 20% of their normal working hours to developing and evidencing they are gaining and applying new skills, behaviours and knowledge. The 20% is for the duration of their leadership and management programme.

This is referred to as ‘off the job’ development activities. This time must be spent undertaking tasks and activities which are relevant to the leadership and management apprenticeship standards, including learning and training that leads towards improving the participants’ management capability and the achievement of the apprenticeship.

Fuel design the programme and structure the 20% off the job to be direct work related activity whenever possible. This approach maximises the return on investment, minimises the time ‘out’ of the business and significantly reduces internal conflict between the participants job role and developing new skills.

The Fuel facilitators and quality team work with every individual participant to ensure there is a clearly defined plan to apply the learning at work, whilst ensuring the activity is recorded correctly as off the job development. The facilitator will also ensure the participants are building a meaningful CPD log as this also counts towards the 20% requirement.

Whilst off the job is tracked on a monthly basis, the actual hours will vary depending on specific activity. For example the majority of the hours will accumulate through the work based project.

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A typical Workplace Application & 20% Off The Job will consist of:

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Continued Professional Development,

achieved through additional activities related to developing the participants capability as a leader and manager, such as shadowing/observing others, development programmes, being mentored, developing others and passing on knowledge and much more.

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Classroom Based Workshops

and face to face development. Learning new tools and techniques in a safe and fun environment. The structured modules are highly interactive and focus on developing participants skills and capabilities through practice sessions and feedback.

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Digital Engagement

through the Fuel Hub to access professional development, ideas generation and increasing knowledge. The information through the Fuel Hub is accessible in many formats such as video, ebooks, vlogs, seminars, scenarios and quizzes.

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Direct Application

using the tools and techniques with team members, peers and stakeholders, such as team profiling, performance conversations, handling conflict, motivation, engagement and many more tools the participants learn throughout the programme.
The participants will upload their direct application activity to the Fuel Hub to build a portfolio of evidence.

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Work Based Project

Fuel encourage all participants to complete a work based project as it is the best way to ensure they have context for learning and get to demonstrate their newly developing skills in a real working environment. For employers, the project is a great way of achieving a direct return on investment.
Most projects are related to continuous improvement and efficiency within their department or team.
The participants are given tools to scope, budget, analyse cost to benefit ratios, problem solve, engage stakeholders, create a solution, implement and embed the changes required to deliver meaningful results.
Participants work closely with their line managers to scope the projects to ensure they can be supported by the business and given adequate resources to implement and complete the project.

Testimonials

This week has been one of a kind experience from which I’ve gained so much…mentally I feel more prepared for multiple situations purely because of my change in mindset. I love your company, I adore the whole team and if there’s ever a vacancy in the future, I’ll be applying! Thanks.

Work experience student

The course was tailored to EMT and the trainer had great knowledge of the business. I have attended several leadership courses and this was by far the best as it was very genuine and the trainer had a real passion and flair for getting the candidates engaged and see what the benefits are to EMT and their personal leadership style. Excellent.

Claire Ansley
Manager, East Midlands Trains