One of the most widespread misconceptions about apprenticeships is that they are only available to school leavers. Recent government funding reforms, however, have changed the face (and age) of apprenticeships, now you can start an apprenticeship at any age
Apprenticeships are available to anybody aged 16 and over, including school leavers, career changers, and those wishing to improve their skills as part of their present work.
From the perspective of an employer, school leavers and older apprentices may offer a variety of advantages. Some businesses may prefer a more mature and experienced applicant. Apprentices between the ages of 16 and 18 often cost less to employ.
A company may seek to hire recent school leavers. Alternatively, they may prefer to mentor and shape people to fit their company culture.
But there are several factors to consider when deciding whether an apprenticeship is right for you as an older applicant, including salaries, financing, and career goals.