Age restrictions lifted for apprenticeship funding

Businesses of all sizes now have the opportunity to access Government subsidies for apprentices of all ages. This follows the withdrawal earlier this year of Advanced Learning Loans as the funding route for most advanced and higher apprentices aged 24 or over.

Although most of us don’t think about apprenticeships as being for adults they can be a useful tool in a number of situations, such as…


  1. Returners to work. Where someone is returning to a new role having been out of the workforce for a while (eg because of childcare responsibilities), an apprenticeship can be a great way to develop new skills and build confidence. 
  2. Internal progression. The classic example is someone who is moving into their first team leading or management role. Here, the 1:1 mentoring and coaching delivered as part of the apprenticeship can give them the skills they need to manage others. 
  3. Professional qualifications. If your organisation has people without accounting or legal qualifications who are moving into junior accountancy or paralegal roles then an apprenticeship is a cost effective way for them to gain AAT accountancy qualifications or elements of the CILEx (legal executive) professional pathway.


Damar offers a wide range of higher (undergraduate) level apprenticeships that are ideal for adult apprentices. These include legal studies  (for paralegals  - accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives), management , accountancy (AAT) and administration.

As with all apprenticeships, those with qualifications higher than A level are ineligible for funding and some non-EU citizens are also ineligible. The Government only pays some of the cost, so an employer contribution is always required. However with the cost of a  12 month programme starting from as little as the cost of many one day courses it represents extremely good value.

Don’t forget too that many businesses in Greater Manchester can also benefit from European Social Fund funding for fully funded short courses for their staff. Some companies are using a blend of ESF funded training and apprenticeships to roll out organisation-wide training programmes.

To find out more about how apprenticeships can benefit staff of all ages, please call Rachel Daley at Damar on 0161 480 8171 or 07960 765997 or email


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