New “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme to support trainees in film and TV sector

A new form of apprenticeship may help businesses in the creative, agriculture and construction industries train new talent, it has been announced.

The news comes after the Government published a consultation seeking views on a new style of apprenticeship, known as the “flexi-job” apprenticeship scheme.

According to the Government, the existing apprenticeship schemes offer little to sectors with flexible employment patterns and short-term roles, such as TV, film and theatre production or seasonal agricultural work, as they are unable to offer opportunities of at least 12 months.

However, the new scheme would enable an apprentice to work across a “range of projects and with different employers” to gain the skills and experience they need to complete their 12-month contract.

For example, an apprentice in the TV and film sector could work on multiple productions during their apprenticeship.

It is believed that employers in the creative sector will be invited to apply for a share of a new £7 million fund to “create and test” flexi-apprenticeships from July, with approved apprenticeships to go live from January 2022.

Welcoming the plans, Tim Davie CBE, Director-General of the BBC, said: “I believe flexible apprenticeship schemes are critical for the future of our industry.

“Apprenticeships not only grow our skills base and expertise, but open up the industry to people from a wide range of backgrounds. That’s great for our industry and great for mobility. Everybody wins.”

Click here to access the consultation.

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