While apprenticeships are often associated with young individuals starting their careers, there is no age limit for participating in an apprenticeship program. In fact, apprenticeships can be a great option for adults who are looking to change careers, gain new skills or enhance their existing skills.
A mature age apprenticeship is an option for those over the age of 21 who wish to undertake a qualification. It’s an avenue gaining great momentum in the industry as tradies choose to upskill or endeavour to have a dual trade to broaden their employment horizons. Choosing to employ a mature age apprentice can be a great advantage for the employer too, as with age may come a wealth of experience, knowledge, reliability and practical life skills.
Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL, is a process that allows individuals to gain recognition for the skills and knowledge they have acquired through work experience, previous education, or other forms of training. This process is particularly relevant for mature-age apprentices who may have extensive industry experience or relevant qualifications which they may be able to apply to their current studies and possibly shave off time from their learning commitments. It’s important to note that the RPL process can vary depending on the apprenticeship program and the industry. It is advisable to consult with the relevant apprenticeship authority, training provider, or industry association to obtain specific guidance and support for your RPL application.
As with anything, it’s beneficial to also weigh up any cons of a decision. In this instance, it may be learning challenges while adapting to new delivery technologies. It is also important to consider the financial implications of a reduced wage while undertaking an apprenticeship for several years. It is also notable that the physical demands of an apprenticeship can be taxing physically on mature learners and that peer dynamics can also present as a challenge working with a younger cohort or being managed by a colleague who may be older than you.
While it is always essential to weigh up the pros and cons before embarking on a mature-age apprenticeship, the benefits of gaining new skills, industry recognition, and career advancement opportunities can make it a worthwhile endeavour and well worth your time.
To find a mature age apprenticeship to suit you or for more information on where to start, call us today on 1300 790 822 to discuss your next career move.