Clarion Futures Jobs and Training and our in house Apprenticeship team are working together to encourage and support older people to apply for apprenticeships.
Through a series of weekly webinars, open to all residents, the team educate and prepare individuals considering an apprenticeship by highlighting the many advantages that come with being an older applicant, such as transferable skills and life experiences. Even though apprenticeships are thought to be for those aged 16 to 24, applicants of any age are encouraged to learn new skills and meet likeminded people. The team also work with employers to promote how hiring an older worker can be beneficial to their company. They highlight the experience, strong work ethic and transferable skills these workers can bring as part of an inclusive and diverse workforce.
Helen, 50, from Hertfordshire, took part in an apprenticeship after leaving her last position due to medical reasons. “It wasn’t my first choice to do an apprenticeship, but I needed something where I wasn’t on my feet all day. Based on that, I was recommended for an apprenticeship, so I contacted Ros, Employment Support Officer, and it went from there. “I’ll be honest, I was a little bit dubious at first because of my age and I thought apprenticeships were for school leavers. However, Ros reassured me that wasn’t the case, so I decided to go for it. “
“The big highlight for me was securing a permanent full-time position. I’m still able to continue my apprenticeship alongside my new job which is fantastic – everyone has been so flexible and supportive along the way.”
“To anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship, I would say go for it, don’t hesitate! The opportunities you are given, the chance to work and learn at the same time is amazing.”
With more than 500 different types of apprenticeships to choose from across numerous sectors, it is never too late to boost your career or change your path.
To start your journey search Apprenticeships on our website.
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