Am I Too Old For An Apprenticeship?

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all well.

Today’s blog post is the second part to last week's - however, instead of focusing on being too young for an apprenticeship, this weeks is too old. Not to be rude, or anything.

But, apprenticeships in general have been ‘under fire’ if you like, for being suggested to older people. Despite being accessible to people of any age, they are generally marketed at the younger generation, but that’s not to say you can’t get one if you’re, say, 24+. Bloody oldies.

Below I’m going to discuss a few common points to consider if you think you’re ‘too old’ to be an apprentice. Let’s go!

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Money -

With apprenticeships, the minimum wage is less than a regular job. And, regarding being ‘too old’ to get one, it may be difficult to downgrade your pay for a while if you, for example, have rent to pay or children to look after. That’s undoubtable, and it’s certainly something that would need to be considered before becoming an apprentice.

However, it’s worth remembering that most apprenticeships only run for a certain amount of time, and once you’re fully trained, your pay will rise. If lower pay is something you can manage for a certain amount of time, you will be okay!


 

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Stigma -

I’ve never heard anyone actually care about this before (because that would be quite sad) but I’ve seen some people 24+ worry about being ‘judged’ for being an apprentice, as it’s generally seen as a younger person's role. If this is the case - stop worrying what other people think about you. If you’re training in a role which you love, you’re enjoying yourself, working AND getting a new qualification, you, my friend, are winning.


 

New opportunities -

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A lot of people mid-way through their careers often decide they want a complete change in jobs. An apprenticeship is the perfect opportunity to retrain as something completely new, whilst still working! Scrap those deadly uni fees and loans and hop onto a new pathway. Also, this leads on to another point…

 

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You have space to move up the ladder!

With an apprenticeship you’re generally starting ‘from the bottom’ if you like (not to say you’re not a valued employee like anyone else) so you have plenty of room to grow and evolve in your new career. Boom. Age ain’t stoppin’ ya.


 

 

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Other people will be the same age -

Let’s be real: you’re not the only person to ever get an apprenticeship slightly older than the norm. It’s worth remembering that some apprenticeships are years long - so, no doubt you’ll not necessarily be the oldest there, and, if you are, who cares?

There’s bound to be someone older than you in your institution, so don’t worry about being the only adult at a kids party.

 

So, that appears to round up today's post. What do you think about these points? Do you think someone can be 'too old' for an apprenticeship?

Speak soon!