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Over-50s rush to apprenticeships

Published 06/10/2010

The number of over-50s taking up apprenticeships has "ballooned" in the last four years, with a record number now enrolled on courses.

Around 5,000 people over the age of 50 are now taking apprenticeships, including 400 in their 60s and 13 in their 70s, said Age UK and the Age and Employment Network.

The number of apprentices aged over 25 more than doubled during the recession, according to the research.

Age UK charity director, Michelle Mitchell, said: "This 5,000-strong army of silver apprentices is a refreshing sight in today's workplace."

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