Apprenticeships for older workers

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When we think about apprenticeships many will be surprised to learn they aren’t just for the young but are available for older workers too.

In 2014/15 over 55,700 of those starting an apprenticeship were aged 45 to 59. A further 3,400 were aged over 60.

Lucille Galloway, 51, a Community Banker at the Barclays Ealing Broadway Branch, shares her experience of being an older apprentice:

“Taking on an apprenticeship role at Barclays has been an amazing, life changing experience.

It has really given me a new lease of life and has opened my eyes to the possibilities of what is out there. I’ve learnt so much and feel like I’m continuing to gain new skills every day.

Before I joined Barclays, I’d held a variety of job roles, such as a learning support assistant, a housekeeper and a carer, but had been out of work for two years.

Taking on an apprenticeship has completely changed my view of them and I often find myself re-educating people on what they’re all about!

I’d definitely recommend anyone who has the opportunity to take up an apprenticeship to go for it, particularly someone of my age who may be struggling to get back into a career or who is looking for a new challenge. It will be one of the best things they’ve ever done.”

Find out more about Apprenticeships and the support available from the government for older workers.