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Can You Do an Apprenticeship at Any Age?

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The concept of apprenticeships has often been associated with young people, however, it's time to dispel this myth and shed light on the opportunities available for adults in the UK to embark on apprenticeships.

In fact, did you know, from 2022 - 2023, over 75% of apprentices were over the age of 19!

This comprehensive guide will explore the age-agnostic nature of apprenticeships, providing insights based on both expertise and real-world experiences.

What is the apprenticeship age limit?

There is no upper age limit for apprenticeships. They are a flexible pathway for individuals of all ages to acquire new skills and qualifications, so all ages are eligible for an apprenticeship.

Whether you're a recent school leaver, a mid-career changer, or a retiree looking for a new challenge, there's an apprenticeship opportunity tailored to your needs.

Why do an apprenticeship later in life?

There are several compelling reasons for pursuing an apprenticeship later in life in the UK, including:

Career change

Many people decide to change careers later in life for various reasons, such as dissatisfaction with their current job, the desire to pursue a lifelong passion, or a need for new challenges. Apprenticeships offer a way to transition into a different field. 

Work while you qualify

One of the key benefits of apprenticeships is that you can earn a wage while you train and gain a recognised qualification. This is especially important for adults who may have financial responsibilities. 

The combination of working and learning can make apprenticeships a more viable option than going back to full-time education.

Practical training

Practical experience allows apprentices to develop real-world skills that are directly applicable to their chosen career. It's often more relevant and effective than theoretical education alone, making it an attractive option for those looking to switch careers.

Personal fulfilment

Pursuing an apprenticeship later in life can be personally fulfilling. It allows individuals to follow their passions, develop new skills, and achieve a sense of accomplishment in their chosen field, even if they are starting over in a new career.

How much do adult apprentices get paid?

Adult apprentices aged 19 and over who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage according to their age bracket.

Apprentices must be paid for their regular working hours, as specified in their employment contract or apprenticeship agreement and for the training component of their apprenticeship, which should amount to at least 20% of their normal working hours. 

Apprentices who are under 25 when they commence their apprenticeship and have previously been in local authority care may be eligible for a bursary payment. 

Read more: How Much Do Apprentices Get Paid

How many holiday days are adult apprentices entitled to?Apprentices are entitled to a minimum of 20 days of paid holiday per year, in addition to bank holidays. This is in line with the national minimum number of holiday days workers are entitled to.

How to balance work, learning and life as an adult apprentice

Balancing work, learning, and life as an adult apprentice in the UK can be challenging. Here's a list of strategies to help you achieve balance:

  • Define your career objectives.
  • Plan your time for work, training, study, and personal life.
  • Focus on high-priority tasks first.
  • Use tools like calendars and to-do lists.
  • Discuss your apprenticeship demands with your employer.
  • Prioritise rest, exercise, and a healthy diet.
  • Seek help from family, friends, or mentors.
  • Adapt and adjust your schedule as needed.
  • Keep track of deadlines and responsibilities.
  • Recognise and reward your progress.

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Take the first step towards your career change or development by checking out our opportunities today.

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