Apprenticeships – Not Just for the Young

There seems to be a nationwide misconception that apprenticeships and further training is for young school leavers, but training providers are proving this is in fact not the case.

Research shows that 56% of the UK population has never considered an apprenticeship, with one of the main reasons being the belief that they are aimed solely at 17 to 21-year-olds.  75% believe this to be the case, particularly from 40 to 60-year-olds; 89% of those surveyed from this age group in fact.  36% of those aged between 16 to 24 would consider an apprenticeship compared to only 14% aged 40 to 60, however, this increased to 46% once they were made aware that there were also apprenticeship opportunities for them.

As university fees sky-rocket and the job market tightens, apprenticeships are becoming more and more valued and a great route to take for further education.

The money invested in apprenticeships for over-19s has grown steadily since 2009-10. In the year 2013-14, £770m was spent on older apprentices in sectors ranging from publishing to construction.

Aspire Training Team believe people of all ages should be provided with the chance to gain the qualifications, skills and knowledge they need to change their career paths or take the next step on the career ladder.

For those aged 19 or over, financial support is available to support the cost of any training or apprenticeship. As long as you are completing a level 3 or 4 qualification and you fit the criteria to receive the loan, the loan is paid to your college or training provider.  The amount you receive will depend on the course you’re doing and the fees applicable to that course.  To find out more, please click here.

More employers than ever are offering apprenticeships as the benefits for businesses as well as learners are clear to see.  Aspire Training Team work with a variety of businesses and learners across the South. Placing apprentices in business administration, child care and health & social care, as well as Team Leading and Management qualifications.  For more information about hiring or becoming an apprentice, you can contact the team on 01202 551553 or email

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