The government has announced the launch of a £7 million fund to support the creation of new ‘flexible apprenticeships’ in England.
The scheme would allow selected agencies to set up an apprenticeship in which an apprentice works across a range of projects and with different employers to gain knowledge and skills. This could include working in different parts of the social care sector.
It is anticipated that the first apprentices will start working via the scheme in early 2022.
Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills Gillian Keegan said: “We want to build an apprenticeship system that enables everyone to get the experience and knowledge they require to get the job they want, while ensuring employers have a diverse talent pipeline to meet their skills needs.
“Our flexi-job apprenticeships will unleash exciting new opportunities in sectors such as the creative industries and construction where employment is increasingly flexible and project-based, while also helping larger organisations to grow starts in their supply chains, levelling up chances for people to build the life they want.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “I’m thrilled that apprentices and employers in freelance industries such as film and TV can start to benefit from our new flexi-job apprenticeship scheme as part of our Plan for Jobs.
“Together, we’re creating exciting new opportunities for apprentices and employers – harnessing the skill and talent of today for the jobs of tomorrow.”