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National Apprenticeship Week

by on March 4, 2014

This week is UK National Apprenticeship Week and RealBusiness.com reported the launch by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who highlighted the benefits for and from young people.  The week is also being promoted by the National Careers Service.  However it is worth noting that in principle there is no upper age limit to applying for an apprenticeship but there are restrictions on the funding provided by government to support individual who have undertaken other forms of post-16 education, and there is a specific source of funding “Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds” or AGE 16-24 which specifically supports this group of younger workers.  This and the general idea that apprenticeships are for those starting out in the world of work does seem to lead to a lack of focus on apprenticeship opportunities for other age groups, but they are out there!

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