Because you're never too old to take up an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships help to improve the quality and range of opportunities available to you, and you will benefit from continuing to learn throughout your life.

How can an adult apprenticeship help you?

Are you moving into your first job?

Have you been promoted into a new role that requires you to take on new responsibilities and exercise new skills and abilities?

Are you thinking about changing career?

Perhaps you are moving from a manual role that is difficult to continue due to ill health, into a new job that requires totally different skills and abilities.

Wherever you are in your career, an apprenticeship could make a big difference.

You're never too old to take up an apprenticeship

There's no upper age limit for becoming an apprentice, although arrangements for funding are different if you are over 24 years of age.

Take a look at the story of 67-year-old apprentice Robert Brown if you need further proof...

An apprenticeship is an education

An apprenticeship is a journey – from being a novice in a role to becoming an expert.

Apprenticeships should be expansive, and focus on developing the whole person for a job, a career (and other careers), and for life.

Going beyond that, an apprenticeship will instil a sense of curiosity, lifelong learning, discovery and improvement in all apprentices.

Fair access to apprenticeship benefits

Fair access to apprenticeships for everyone is both morally right and economically sound. There can be real business benefits from investing in the development of a diverse workforce through an apprenticeship programme.

Supporting non-traditional employees to succeed can in the short term require additional resources, but can also bring significant long-term benefits.

See also Equality & diversity.


If you're aged between 16 and 18, the government will pay the full cost of your training. If you're over 19, your employer may be expected to contribute to your training cost. If you are aged 24 or above you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of your training; you may be eligible for financial assistance through an Advanced Learner Loan. To find out more about help with funding for an adult apprenticeship, please visit

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For further information contact your local apprenticeship provider.



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