Employers and candidates alike are finding apprenticeships over 50 highly valuable. Employers gain people with a lot of life experience and interpersonal skills, while employees have an opportunity to learn and grow in a new career.
It’s really common today for people to look for a change in direction at the age of 50 or over, and an apprenticeship is a great option. If you live in the UK, are aged over 24 and not already in full-time education, you could be eligible.
There are various ways to look for adult apprenticeships:
Just google ‘Adult Apprenticeships’ and you’ll be presented with a number of big employers that have apprenticeships on offer. Job boards are also a great source of opportunities, including apprenticeships for the over 50s.
Useful job boards to look at include the GOV.UK apprenticeship page, which includes everything from traineeships and degree apprenticeships. It’s easy to navigate and search within your local area.
Find Apprenticeships searches thousands of recruiters and hiring organisations and lists vacancies available.
You can also look at the UCAS job board if you’re looking for a higher apprenticeship route for a degree-level qualification. Some job boards allow you to upload your CV, so that hiring managers and recruiters can find you.
If you know which industry or area you want to work in, you can also approach relevant organisations direct. Apprenticeshipguide.co.uk has a directory of employers that have apprentice opportunities.
Once you’ve identified a list of companies to approach, prepare a tailored email that sets out why you want to work for the company and what you’re hoping to achieve. Applying this way could just get you a meeting with a recruiting manager.
Talk to people who may be able to help you. Use your personal contacts if you have any in the relevant area – and see if they can put you in touch with someone who could help.
Adult apprenticeships are in demand, and more people are seeking them out to gain a change in direction. That makes the field more competitive.
So it can be helpful not to limit yourself to apprenticeships. Consider part time, temporary or remote opportunities in the field you’d like to move into. Companies may be more open to supporting your training and development once you are employed with them and you have proved your value.
Wait until you have completed your probationary period before starting to explore internal opportunities. You could also discuss apprenticeships as part of your career development.
Importantly, the government is actively encouraging people aged 50 and above to return to work and expand their skills. In turn this will help employers see the benefit of hiring more mature candidates.