Views welcomed: DfE consultation on Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Schemes

Rob Harvey, Senior Programme Manager – Education, Skills and Employment, Mayoral Combined Authority Executive

You may be aware that the Department for Education are currently consulting on a new approach to apprenticeships, creating ‘flexi-job apprenticeship schemes’ to increase the use of apprenticeships in certain sectors and professions. The proposals aim to ensure apprenticeships reflect modern employment models, ensuring sectors such as creative, digital, and construction, who run on short-term projects, can engage with apprenticeships and offer routes into their industries for potential apprentices.

The MCA / LEP is keen to submit a response to the consultation. In broad terms we are supportive of the proposals and will be pressing the case for targeted programmes in specialised areas where employers currently struggle to access the benefits that apprenticeships can bring. The proposals fit with the ambitions set out in Strategic Economic Plan and the proposed interventions set out in the Recovery Action Plan published last year.

However, we’d also be interested to make sure we take onboard any views from stakeholder organisations. We’re working to a tight timescale but would welcome any thoughts, views or indeed lengthy submissions by the end of 25th May to enable us to pull together a short response.

My colleague Anna is leading on pulling all this together.

If you would like to know more, have particular views you would like us to represent or indeed want to submit a lengthy response please drop her a line on Anna.CrumpRaiswell@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk.

Regards

Rob Harvey

Senior Programme Manager – Education, Skills and Employment

Mayoral Combined Authority Executive