What options are there for people in their 30's
Posted: 10/05/16 by Sajid Talib
Hi I am wondering what options are available to people in their 30's regarding apprenticeships, sponsored degrees etc. I have applied for apprenticeships before only to be told that preference was given to younger candidates and that funding was limited to say the least for older candidates. I have 2 grade C's in GCSE English, and Maths. Please could you help it would be appreciated
I'm afraid it's difficult for people in your age group. The best hope is if you can find an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice even though they don't currently have apprentices. You might be able to sweeten the deal by offering to pay for part of the training fees and finance this through a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan ( http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/further-education.aspx ) which is similar to taking out a student loan.
Sometimes it can help to approach a local training provider for advice and help with this. Often your local college of further education will be a training provider but there are usually others as well. You should be able to find this out by doing searches on the Find an Apprenticeship website.
- Posted: 10/05/16
Thanks for replying and your advice, it's appreciated. I would like to know if it was worth me studying for GCSEs or A levels via distance learning if that would help me gain a place on sponsored degrees or would it better to try applying to courses as a mature student.
- Posted: 10/05/16
I would not recommend the GCSE/A level idea. The best approach would probably be to investigate the possibility of doing an access to HE course. There should be a college or university near you that offers this.
Alternatively you could look into doing a degree or other HE course via distance learning.
- Posted: 16/05/16