Guidance

Flexi-Job Apprenticeships

Information on Flexi-Job Apprenticeships and how to make apprenticeships work in your sector

Applies to England

Flexi-Job Apprenticeships

Flexi-Job Apprenticeships have been designed to ensure that those sectors and occupations where short-term contracts or other non-standard employment models are the norm can access the benefits of apprenticeships. They are available to employers and apprentices in two ways:

a. With the involvement of a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency: where an agency employs the apprentice directly for the duration of their apprenticeship but arranges placements for the apprentice with host businesses.

b. Without the involvement of an agency: where the apprentice is able to secure multiple short employment contracts directly with businesses that support the requirements of the apprenticeship. Supported by their training provider, the apprentice takes their learning and progress with them as they move between employment contracts (perhaps with a gap between each) and change employers. This model is often described as a Portable Flexi-Job Apprenticeship.

Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies

Applications to become a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency opened on 1st September 2022

In February 2022 we launched our new Register of Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies. Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies help employers overcome structural barriers to making greater use of apprenticeships. They support businesses in all sectors to make a sustainable investment in the skills they need to grow and build a diverse talent pipeline for the future.

In sectors where flexible or project-based working are the norm, Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies will bridge the gap to help employers realise the benefits of apprenticeships for their business. You can see a full list of the agencies on the Register of Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies.

Consultation

In 2021, we conducted a consultation on our vision for Flexi-Job Apprenticeships. You can read our response to the consultation. This sets out how we took forward the development of our Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies in light of the responses we received from employers, training providers, sector bodies and others.

How to apply

We are inviting Apprenticeship Training Agencies, sector bodies, groups of employers and other interested organisations to register as Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies. Prospective agencies need to be able to demonstrate that they understand the skills needs of their sector or region, will provide a quality apprenticeship experience to apprentices and are financially sustainable.

Applications to the register opened on 1st September 2022. Applications must be submitted no later than 10am on 3rd October 2022 via the Department for Education eTendering Portal.

The register application guidance will give further details on what you need to submit.

Organisations must meet the criteria below to be eligible to apply to the register. Your organisation must:

  • submit their application documents in the name of the organisation applying to be listed on the register

  • ensure their application is submitted via a Jaggaer account with the same name as the applying organisation

  • have a registered UK business address

  • have an Information Commissioner’s Office registration number

  • have been, and be able to demonstrate active trading for at least 12 months

  • be able to provide evidence of strong links with sectors, professions and/or geographies relevant to the apprenticeships your apprentices will undertake

  • employ, support and place apprentices (with host employers) within 6 months of being listed on the register

In addition, your organisation must not:

  • be listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) as a Main Provider or a Supporting Provider

  • be in the process of applying or intending to apply to be listed as a Main Provider or a Supporting Provider on RoATP

  • have been removed from RoATP in the last three years or currently be under notice of removal from RoATP

  • be listed on the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (EPAO Register)

  • be in the process of applying or intending to apply to be listed on the EPAO Register

  • have been removed from the EPAO Register in the last three years or currently be under notice of removal from the EPAO Register

If you are a separate organisation that is linked to, or part of an organisation listed on the RoATP or the EPAO Register, then you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria listed above.

Register of Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies: Guidance for applicants

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Register of Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies: Conditions of Registration

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Closure of the register of Apprenticeship Training Agencies

The register of Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs) has been dormant since 2018 and with the introduction of Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies, the ATA register has been removed. Any remaining ATAs should apply to join the Register of Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies.

‘Portable’ Flexi-Job Apprenticeships

Portable Flexi-Job Apprenticeships have been developed to put the apprentice in the driving seat and make their apprenticeship more portable. In April 2022, legislation came into force which allows for employers employing an apprentice on a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship to commit to a minimum 3-month apprenticeship contract as opposed to the usual 12 months. This enabled the Portable Flexi-Job model, allowing apprentices to undertake a series of shorter contracts with a number of employers while completing their training in preparation for end point assessment. At the same time, we launched a pilot to test Portable Flexi-Job Apprenticeships. The pilot is running across 23 standards in the creative, digital and construction sectors and is being delivered by providers selected through an expression of interest process. Only those participating in the pilot may currently make use of the regulatory changes.

Participating providers and eligible standards

Standard Providers
ST0105 Junior Content Producer Apprentify Ltd
Blue Lion Training Academy
Central Training Academy
Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Ltd
The West Midlands Creative
Alliance Ltd
ST0128 Software Development Technician Apprentify Ltd
Purple Beard Ltd
The West Midlands Creative
Alliance Ltd
ST0116 Software Developer Apprentify Ltd
Purple Beard Ltd
ST0825 DevOps Engineer Apprentify Ltd
Purple Beard Ltd
ST0263 Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Basingstoke College of Technology
The Oldham College
ST0095 Bricklayer Basingstoke College of Technology
London South East College
ST0048 Construction Site Supervisor Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Ltd
Skills4Stem Ltd
The Apprenticeship College
ST0464 Smart Home Technician Skills4Stem Ltd
ST0106 Creative Venue Technician The West Midlands Creative Alliance Ltd
ST0255 Live Events Technician The West Midlands Creative Alliance Ltd
ST0506 Photographic Assistant The West Midlands Creative Alliance Ltd
Published 3 August 2021
Last updated 1 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Applications to become a Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency are now open

  2. Webinar registration details added

  3. Update on Flexi-Job Apprenticeships

  4. Announce the new Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agencies and update on ‘Portable’ Flexi-Job Apprenticeships

  5. First published.