Adult apprenticeships

Adult apprenticeships

Adult apprenticeships help to improve the quality and range of opportunities available to you, and you will benefit from continuing to learn throughout your life

Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers and young people; there is no upper age limit and if you’re over 16, living in England and not in full-time education, then you’re eligible to become an apprentice.

How could an adult apprenticeship help me?

Are you moving into your first job?

Have you been promoted into a new role that requires you to take on new responsibilities and exercise new skills and abilities?

Are you thinking about changing career?

Perhaps you are moving from a manual role that is difficult to continue due to ill health, into a new job that requires totally different skills and abilities.

Wherever you are in your career, an apprenticeship could make a big difference.

An apprenticeship is an education

An apprenticeship is a journey—from being a novice in a role to becoming an expert.

Apprenticeships should be expansive, and focus on developing the whole person for a job, a career (and other careers), and for life.

Going beyond that, an apprenticeship will instil a sense of curiosity, lifelong learning, discovery and improvement in all apprentices.

Fair access to apprenticeship benefits

Fair access to apprenticeships for everyone is both morally right and economically sound. There can be real business benefits from investing in the development of a diverse workforce through an apprenticeship programme.

Supporting non-traditional employees to succeed can in the short term require additional resources, but can also bring significant long-term benefits.

See also Diversity: not a tick-box exercise.


If you’re aged 19 or above, you may be eligible for adult skills funding if you undertake an advanced-level apprenticeship or higher apprenticeship.

For further details, visit the Student Finance England website.

Find out more

For further information, visit the Apprenticeship Choices section of this website.