Creative & Cultural Skills is delighted that the 2021 Spring Budget announced on 3rd March revealed several measures that will support more young people from under-represented and disadvantaged communities into apprenticeships.

  • From 1st April 2021 until the end of September, the incentive scheme will be simplified and increased to a £3,000 payment per hire, regardless of the apprentice’s age.
  • Additionally, a new ‘flexi-apprenticeship’ programme will start in January 2022, which will allow apprentices to work for a number of different employers in the same sector.

Individuals will be linked to an agency instead of a single employer, meaning they will be able to develop an even greater range of skills by taking on different jobs with multiple employers in one sector. From July 2021, employers will be able to bid for money from a £7m fund to create new agencies.

There will also be £126m of new funding for 40,000 more traineeships, funding high-quality work placements and training for 16-24 year-olds in the 2021/22 academic year.

The ‘flexi-apprenticeship’ announcement, which will facilitate increased flexibility for apprentices, is something that CCSkills has long advocated for.

Jane Ide, CCSkills CEO, said,
“We welcome the flexi-job apprenticeship announcement and hope this will support more young people into work at a time when they have been hit hard by Covid. We must now use this opportunity to open up recruitment to a wider pool of talent and help the cultural sector to build back fairer.”

Donald Hyslop, Chair of CCSkills, said,

“This announcement will no doubt help our sector to embrace the Government’s ‘apprenticeship revolution’ ambition which we very much welcome. Our hope is that these measures will provide the hundreds of young people engaged in ‘Creative Kickstart’ placements with the opportunity to secure longer term employment in the form of apprenticeships.”

CCSkills will continue to work closely with the Department of Education on the development of modular apprenticeships in order to provide young people and lifelong learners alike with more flexible apprenticeship routes into the cultural sector. We will also advocate for similar reform in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in order to provide equality of opportunity for young people UK wide.