You’re hired! Rise in apprentices aged fifty plus as older employees seek new skills

This uplifting story comess from our friends at The Optemist:-

A new series of The Apprentice has kicked off with the oldest participant aged just 31. But new figures released by the organisation Age UK shows apprenticeships are embraced by growing numbers of people aged 50-plus.

It says this deals a major a major blow to the stereotype that people in later life are reluctant to learn new skills.

Statistics obtained from the Skills Funding Agency by Age UK and The Age and Employment Network show the number of people aged 50-plus who have enrolled on apprenticeship schemes has ballooned over the last four years leading to a record number of over five thousand ‘silver’ apprentices. Among them, there are now over 400 people in their 60s, 13 in their 70s, including the oldest apprentice in the country, aged 76.

Despite younger people making up the bulk of the apprentice workforce (76%), the number of 25-plus apprentices has more than doubled. Between 2007/08 and 2008/09 at the height of the recession, the number of 50-plus apprentices leapt from 2,605 to 5,376 over the same period, showing a clear willingness for older workers to learn new skills.

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