Retraining in a new career can be daunting for those already in the workforce. It may mean starting again with entry level wages at the bottom of the organizational rung. However, an apprenticeship or traineeship, which enables you to work and be paid while you earn your qualifications, can be a great way to try something different or fulfill a career dream.
What constituents a mature age apprenticeship?
The terms 'mature age apprentice' and 'adult apprentice' are often confused. When it comes to apprenticeships and traineeships, the federal government uses 'adult apprentice' to mean apprentices and trainees older than 25, and 'mature age apprentice' to mean apprentices and trainees who are over 45 years of age. However, many websites, employers and learners use these terms interchangeably.
Are there any benefits to being or hiring an adult or mature age apprentice?
Employers may prefer to take on an older apprentice or trainee as older workers are often more experienced and may have a better work ethic or be better able to work in a team. Apprentices or trainees who have left another job to retrain in a different industry are more likely to be dedicated to learning and passionate about what they do.
The Australian Government offers some financial incentives to assist adult apprentices and their employers. The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) incentive may be paid to apprentices and trainees who are over 25 years of age and being paid the apprentice award wage for their industry (which is below the usual minimum wage wage). If employers pay their adult apprentices the minimum award wage or above, then the employer may be eligible for a $ 4,000 incentive, which is paid one year into the appricheship or traineeship.
Employers of apprentices (aged 45 or over) who have experienced employment disadvantages may also be eligible for an additional $ 1,500 in government incentives.
Is there a cut-off age to becoming a mature age apprentice?
An adult apprentice is anyone age 25 or over. A mature age apprentice is over 45. There is no maximum age for a mature age apprentice – you just need the energy and willingness to learn and work, and to find an employer who will take you on.
Is it a pathway to get back into the work?
Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to get back into the work. Completing an apprenticeship or traineeship will give you skills, qualifications and work experience which will improve your employability if you choose to look for a new job after you've finished.