The government’s ‘flexi’ apprenticeships do not prioritise sectors like hospitality and this must change, according to some in the sector.
This week the government announced that sectors including the creative, agricultural and construction industries can now bid for a share of a £7 million fund to support the creation of new flexible apprenticeships.
The fund will establish a small number of agencies that will set up new flexi-job apprenticeships so an apprentice can work across a range of projects and with different employers to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to be occupationally competent.
Jo Simovic, chief operating officer at training firm Umbrella Training, said: “We welcome the introduction of the flexi apprenticeships as these allow for creativity in curriculum design. They can be project-based and focused on allowing a novice to experience a variety of activities and learn wider skills sets in a collaborative manner.
“These kinds of apprenticeships will be relevant to the Gen-Z labour market – they are agile, responsive and able to adapt to the needs of the business and the apprentice.
“This could be the solution to attracting more people into hospitality. By providing flexible placements in a variety of hospitality establishments, it could motivate people to stay in the industry. The issue, however, is that hospitality is once again not on the list of priority sectors. The flexi apprenticeships are aimed at creative, agriculture and construction industries. We will continue to lobby the government to add hospitality to the list explicitly.”