Saturday, 25 June 2011

Are you too old to be an apprentice?

Not according to the latest G'ment figures. There has been an increase overall in apprenticeships which just may have something to do with the fact that University education now needs a special app to work out whether the investment of time and money is worth the effort of paying it back compared with the pluses of having a degree.
Statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions showed an increase of 103,000 adults taking part in apprenticeship schemes over 2010 and 2012. he Government has pledged investment for a further 360,000 apprenticeships in 2011.
But Chris Ball, chief executive of The Age and Employment Network (TAEN), said: "The figures for 2009/10 show that only 1.8% of those people enrolled on apprenticeships are over the age of 50.
"While this percentage figure may seem small, it is an increase over the previous year. The overall numbers of people aged over 50 enrolled on apprenticeships increased from 5,376 in 2008/9 to 8,900 in 2009/10.
"Employers who are giving older workers the opportunity to undertake apprenticeships should be applauded."

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