ESFA Flexi-Job Apprenticeships Register and Fund - applications now open;

The ESFA states of the new flexi-job apprenticeship offer:

This is an important part of our wider changes to apprenticeships, making them more flexible in response to the changing world of work.

In sectors where flexible or project-based working are the norm, new flexi-job apprenticeship agencies will bridge the gap to help employers realise the benefits of apprenticeships for their business.

Sector bodies, groups of employers and other interested organisations can register as flexi-job apprenticeship agencies, giving them access to the £7m fund. The fund is available to support the start-up, development or diversification costs of new flexi-job apprenticeship agencies, or existing Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs) who wish to become a flexi-job apprenticeship agency.

You will need to be successful in your application to the register before you can apply for support from the £7m grant, but you can apply for both at the same time.

The flexi-job apprenticeship fund will run from January 2022 to March 2023. Of the £7m available you can apply for between £100,000 to £1m. 

Please note this opportunity is not open to organisations listed on RoATP or EPAO.

Deadline: 06/10/2021


DWP Work Focused Activities

The procurement seeks proposals for the delivery of work focused activities that will support the target claimant groups to improve their prospects of securing work.

The aim of this project is to establish a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to support the procuring of Flexible Support Fund Work Focused Activities  across England, Wales and Scotland.

The initial stage of the project requires potential Suppliers to submit a Pre Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) . The current DPS will expire on 31st October 2021 and a new one will replace it from 1st November 2021.

Prior to the November launch the new DPS will open to suppliers to accredit and to support this DWP will be holding engagement events on 6th and 9th September to cover the key changes and what suppliers will need to do to register and later bid for call-off contracts. The sessions can be booked via Eventbrite via this link.

Building on lessons learnt and supplier feedback on the existing DPS, DWP are aiming to introduce a number of improvements. Full details on the DPS design will be provided in these sessions.

PLEASE NOTE the below is DWP's previous 2016 Specification for this procurement here (the new one is yet to be issued).

Deadline: 31/10/2021


ESFA RoATP Refresh Applications

The ESFA is currently inviting providers to refresh their approval for listing on RoATP.

To drive up the quality of apprenticeship provision, the government strategy is to progressively introduce more stringent entry criteria for the register.

This requires active providers to reapply to the register, taking into account a new set of application criteria from May 2021, operating a phased reapplication approach throughout 2021 to 2022.

Subject-specific expertise is essential to delivering high-quality apprenticeships that meet the skills needs of apprentices and employers. The ESFA are looking for providers to evidence their capacity and expertise and are considering how this may be required beyond the initial application process where providers wish to expand their delivery to new areas.

Your organisation can only apply once in a 12-month period.


Government Faith New Deal launched

The fund is designed to support faith-based organisations to use their resources effectively within their community and to build trust between national government, local government and faith groups.

Government wants to recognise the role faith-based organisations play in communities and the importance of local faith groups responding to societal issues.

Applicants must demonstrate how they will support one or more of the following COVID-19 recovery objectives :

(i) mental wellbeing and loneliness, (ii) debt advice, (iii) employability, (iv) food poverty, (v) increasing community engagement through volunteering.

Bidders can apply for up to £200,000.

Bids up to £125,000 will need to demonstrate in-kind match (non-cash) commitment from their own or wider sources (venues, volunteers or staff hours) and larger bids for grants over £125,000, will require a match donation from a philanthropic funder.

Deadline: 7 October 2021

Click to read the Prospectus and to view the Application Form.

Deadline: 07/10/2021


£2bn Kickstart Work Placement Wage Subsidy Scheme

£2bn Kickstart work placement wage subsidy scheme

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme launched today and is now open to any employer.

Some key details:

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.The scheme is for young people aged 16-24 who are currently on Universal Credit.

On top of the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement is available for setup costs, support and training.

Applications are for minimum 30 job placements. Employers can partner with other organisations to reach the minimum number.

If your organisation is creating more than 30 job placements as part of the Kickstart Scheme, you can submit your application directly at
If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 Kickstart job placements, you must partner with others which could include:
similar employers
local authorities
trade bodies
registered charities

If you are a representative applying on behalf of a group of employers, you can get £300 of funding to support associated admin costs. 

Bidright is a registered intermediary for the Kickstart Scheme.  If you'd like us to make the application on your behalf please complete the Kickstart Registration form.