06 October 2010 #Employment
As the new series of the Apprentice hits our screens tonight, the BBC has published a story regarding the rise of workers over 50 who are commencing apprenticeships.
According to the BBC report, Age UK and The Age Employment Network have produced figures showing that the number of apprenticeships taken up by the over-50s doubled from just over 2,600 to more than 5,000 from 2007, including 400 people over 60 and 13 over 70. The Apprentices have been dubbed the "Silver Apprentices".
Age UK charity director Michelle Mitchell said: "It`s great to see so many 50-plus workers snap up the opportunity to upgrade their skills or make a fresh start with their careers through an apprenticeship."
"This 5,000-strong army of silver apprentices is a refreshing sight which defies the stereotype that older people are reluctant to learn new skills, and sends a clear message that age is no barrier to what people can achieve."