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I'm a 47 year old apprentice AMA

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LEMtheoriginal · 08/08/2018 12:00

So after many years of being SAHM, university and never really settling into a career i finally am doing my dream job. I am a student veterinary nurse. I am highly qualified in a vaguely similar field but never really persued it for many reasons.

I work full time with day release to college.

I am lucky that i am not on an apprentice wage as that would have beem untenable.

Ive worked on and off in practice for many years. My only regret is not doing it sooner.

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AsleepAllDay · 08/08/2018 12:18

Don't have a question but well done you x

ICantBelieveIDidThis · 08/08/2018 12:20

Every apprenticeship I've seen so far, has come with age restrictions

Jealous. Envy

LooksBetterWithAFilter · 08/08/2018 13:13

Like Icantbelieve I have only seen apprenticeships come with age restrictions how did you find it?
I’m similar to you in fact your description of yourself could be me and I’m looking for something new but age and finances would make it difficult for me to retrain. I’ve often though an apprenticeship would be ideal but they are always for much younger people.

LEMtheoriginal · 08/08/2018 13:24

Vet nurse training has only this year gone down te apprenticeship route. The training itself is the same however the funding for the study comes via the gov. Also it would not have bern available to me previously as i have already got degrees So it may be worth looking again.

I have workedlong term for my practice in other part timeand temporary positions. The position became available and a candidate had already been earmarked. At thevery last minute i approahed my boss and was given the job. So my route in was somewhat unconventional.

Alternative routes are via a BSc or full time diploma - both involve working unpaid in practice and again not suitable for soneone with financial commitments.

The wage as a vet nurse is poor although this is staerting to change as it is now becoming more recognised as a profession.

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LEMtheoriginal · 08/08/2018 17:24

Mostly we learn on the job but theory taught at college. Its a steep learnig curve

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