The off-job-training (OJT) element of any apprenticeship is at the core of learning new skills, knowledge and behaviours. This must be evidenced by the apprentice and there must be at least six hours of OJT per week throughout the programme. Once the apprentice has met the required OJT hours and completed learning, the apprentice goes into gateway. It is at this point the training provider, apprentice and employer agree that the apprentice is ready to undertake the independent End Point Assessment (EPA).

Swatpro partner Jim Whittaker of Channel Training Ltd explains that this requirement need not be onerous.

When the apprentice has reached the required level, they pass through the gateway for their end-point-assessment.