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could i be an apprentice at 40 years old ?

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thriftychicken Mon 03-Aug-15 20:02:09

sorry if this is a ridiculous question but after i left school i worked a dead end job and then for the last 20 years i have been at home caring for my son who has a disability and also suffering anxiety issues myself .

i know there are lots of apprenticeship opportunities around at the moment aimed at school / college leavers but would it be crazy to apply to them myself ? would anyone want me ? would i just seem silly as they are only for the youngsters ?
I know i appear clueless , but i am . ive spent a long time without much company and no outside work .


WeAllHaveWings Tue 04-Aug-15 17:13:37

I think there is an age limit for most sectors for the employer to get gov help with the cost of training.

Donge13 Tue 04-Aug-15 17:14:47

After a certain age you have to pay for the training

thriftychicken Tue 04-Aug-15 18:10:41

thankyou smile

Northernlurker Tue 04-Aug-15 18:19:08

No that's not correct, as far as I know, no there's no upper age limit. There can be an issue if you already have qualifications of a certain level but it sounds like that's not the case for you. I have personally employed two mature apprentices. The pay is awful but it's a good way to get back in to work imo. Get on and apply grin

Donge13 Tue 04-Aug-15 19:28:43

On the job sites where i live,it states over the age of 26 that you may have to fund your own qualification and you must not have a degree

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 04-Aug-15 20:09:38

There is no upper age limit, but employers often receive funding for 25s and under.

Owllady Tue 04-Aug-15 20:12:50

What lonecat said
Have you got any qualifications op? Could you apply to go to uni? Or look at the ou?
You have cared for someone with a disability, so that gives you lots of skills an insight above your 'dead end job's as you call it! Have faith in yourself

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