New pilot scheme of "flexi-job" apprenticeships for the creative and construction sectors
On 6th April 2022 the Apprenticeships (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2022 come into force enabling a new alternative type of English apprenticeship offering more flexibility for employers in the creative and construction sectors.
Currently there is a 12 month commitment under the approved English apprenticeship agreement which does not always work with certain industries where more flexible working patterns are needed, such as short-term project work.
The new Regulations that apply to England only, permit a person to enter into a series of arrangements of at least 3 months duration that total a minimum of 12 months, during which the person is expected to work and receive training within a specified approved standard. After completion of a 3 month block, the apprentice can move employers to continue their apprenticeship or start a new arrangement with the same employer.
This should be a welcome change to the current regime which has in some cases, prevented employers offering apprenticeships and they can't commit to the full 12 months. In turn, the new scheme will enable apprentices more diversity in the range of projects available to them.
The pilot scheme will be reviewed at intervals of nine, twelve and eighteen months and if successful, this new flexi-job apprenticeship may be an option for other apprenticeship standards in the future.
Look out for upcoming guidance which will be published by the Government prior to the scheme commencing.