Am I too old to do an apprenticeship?

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I'm 24, graduated over a year ago with a degree I feel I'm no longer interested in.

I'm struggling to figure out what I want to do. I feel dental nursing is something perhaps I would enjoy doing.

I have heard about these advanced apprenticeships...has anyone done one? I know with a degree you can have trouble with them being funded.
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I was 24 when I started mine. Generally, bigger companies aren't so worried about the funding, so it can be easier for more mature overqualified applicants to be successful.
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(Original post by Melissala)
I'm 24, graduated over a year ago with a degree I feel I'm no longer interested in.

I'm struggling to figure out what I want to do. I feel dental nursing is something perhaps I would enjoy doing.

I have heard about these advanced apprenticeships...has anyone done one? I know with a degree you can have trouble with them being funded.
Hi there,

Apprenticeships are available to anyone! (16+ and not in full time education)

Why not try using this link below? You can search through thousands of live vacancies and filter them to your preferences, location, level etc.
https://www.findapprenticeship.servi...ticeshipsearch

Do remember there are more than advanced level apprenticeships available, you could look at higher or even degree level apprenticeships. Some do prefer those without a degree, however some do not specify otherwise, its all about finding the right apprenticeship for you!

Hope this helps
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(Original post by Melissala)
I'm 24, graduated over a year ago with a degree I feel I'm no longer interested in.

I'm struggling to figure out what I want to do. I feel dental nursing is something perhaps I would enjoy doing.

I have heard about these advanced apprenticeships...has anyone done one? I know with a degree you can have trouble with them being funded.
I started mine at 30 and I'm not the oldest of the MoD Apprentices either. A great many Apprenticeships carry no Age limit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collec...iceship-scheme
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4795858
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I started mine at 30 and I'm not the oldest of the MoD Apprentices either. A great many Apprenticeships carry no Age limit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collec...iceship-scheme
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4795858
What qualifications did u have prior to your apprenticeship
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(Original post by Melissala)
I'm 24, graduated over a year ago with a degree I feel I'm no longer interested in.

I'm struggling to figure out what I want to do. I feel dental nursing is something perhaps I would enjoy doing.

I have heard about these advanced apprenticeships...has anyone done one? I know with a degree you can have trouble with them being funded.
Hi there,

Just echo what some of the others have said here, there is no upper age limit on apprenticeships.

As you have a degree, you will need to look at apprenticeships in a different subject so that it is more like a career change.

Apprentices are not expected to cover the cost of the funding this is down to the employer, depending on the level 3 qualification/subjects you have you may not necessarily start on a level 3 (advanced) but potentially higher or degree levels of apprenticeship.

I hope that resources you have received in this thread are of use and if you need more in-depth careers advice, our service is here 7 days a week from 8am-10pm on 0800 100 900 or you can chat online here - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/webchat/chat/

Good luck!

Sophie.
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What qualifications did u have prior to your apprenticeship
I had to go back to college to get my GCSE Maths first. I had my GCSEs and that was pretty much it. An A, 2B's handful of C's and some D's along with a good interview got me onto the Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) which gave me a BTEC, NVQ and a HNC.

5 years later, some interwsting experience behind me and I'm still with the Govt, studying towards a combined BEng/MEng that they are paying for and working on one of the biggest engineering projects in the UK.
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