The new flexi-job apprenticeship schemes were announced by the Chancellor in the last Budget.  It is proposed that the schemes will build on the existing Apprenticeship Training Agency model, to allow employers to join forces and access funding to create new or expand existing schemes to boost the use of apprenticeships in sectors with non-traditional employment patterns, including construction.  DfE will launch the flexi-job apprenticeships fund in July 2021 with employers set to be invited to bid for a share of a £7 million fund to create and test new flexi-apprenticeships schemes, with the first approved flexi-job apprenticeships expected to start in January 2022.

A consultation seeking views on DfE vision and operating framework for flexi-job apprenticeship schemes as a means to increase the use of apprenticeships in certain sectors and professions.  Apprenticeships are more important than ever in equipping individuals and businesses with the skills they need as we build back better from the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.  Government want to make sure apprenticeships reflect modern models of employment for all employers in all sectors.  They are developing portable apprenticeships, putting apprentices in the driving seat and enabling them to move between employers in industries where short-term contracts are the norm.  This consultation asks you to consider how flexi-job apprenticeship schemes can support the growth of apprenticeships in sectors where short-term and project-based contracts are the norm.  To complete the survey please go to:  Flexi-Job Apprenticeships: Reshaping the role of Apprenticeship Training Agencies – Page 1 of 7 – Department for Education – Citizen Space

This flexi-job apprenticeship consultation will close on 1 June 2021.

George Swann said: “This scheme has potential for encouraging employers in the finishes and interiors sector to collaborate in the training of apprentices.  Although the focus is on the duration of the apprenticeship programme, a Flexi-job apprenticeship could provide individuals with more variety than they may get when working with a single employer, which could ensure they cover every criteria listed in the Apprenticeship Standard prior to the end test.  FIS will keep a watchful eye on this as it develops.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey”.