Apprenticeships are for everyone.
Over the last few years there has been a change in the funding of apprenticeships and this has led to a growth in the number and range of apprenticeships available. As a result, apprenticeships have become very popular for adults looking to change career or develop their existing career and qualifications. In 2021 320,000 people started an apprenticeship and 44% were over 25 years old.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine on the job training in a specific job role alongside study for work related qualifications. Learning could be online, day release or block release with a training provider.
If you are considering a career change an apprenticeship in the area you want to work in could be the ideal route in, as it can help you give you the skills, experience and qualifications to get in, whilst being paid.
Latest updates about apprenticeships
In May 2022, the Government announced some key changes being introduced from August 2022. Several improvements are being made which will apply to people of all ages including adults:
Making sure all apprentices receive the same amount of on-the- job training
A more standardised approach will be in place to make sure all apprentices complete a minimum of 6 off the job training hours each week.
Making it easier for people to complete apprenticeships more quickly
If you have already gained certain qualifications, skills or experience, the rules are being strengthened so that you won’t need to redo previous learning that is part of your apprenticeship.
Removing the requirement for thousands of apprentices to have to take Level 2 English and maths tests
You will now be able to complete your Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship without it being compulsory to take a Level 2 English and maths test.