Benefits To Employers For Hiring A Mature Aged Apprentice

Hiring a mature-aged apprentice can be an excellent decision for any company looking for new talent. Not only are mature-aged apprentices often highly committed and have extensive life experience but they also bring a range of valuable skills to the table that can help your business grow and thrive. 

In this blog, you’ll learn more about what a mature-aged apprentice is and find at least 7 benefits of hiring an adult apprentice. 

What Is A Mature-Aged Apprenticeship?

A mature-aged apprenticeship is any apprenticeship offered to people over the age of 21.

In Australia, there is no age limit to apprenticeships, so this can be any of our apprenticeship programs. Apprentices and trainees must be at least of working age, but after that, they aren’t age restricted. 

Who Can Take A Mature-Aged Apprenticeship?

Anyone over the age of 21 can take a mature-aged apprenticeship, regardless of their prior work experience or education level. 

This makes mature-aged apprenticeships a great option for individuals who are looking to make a career change or who may not have had the opportunity to pursue further education earlier in life.

In the case you have some previous work experience in a related field, you may also be able to complete the program faster with Recognition of Prior Learning. Ask our recruitment team for more information. Our team will be happy to help. 

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Benefits Of Hiring A Mature-Aged Apprentice

  1. Life Experience

Adult apprentices bring a wealth of life experience to the workplace, which can be invaluable in a range of different settings. Whether it’s their experience in managing relationships or dealing with challenging situations, mature-aged apprentices can offer a unique perspective that younger apprentices or employees may not have.

As they likely have more experience in a workplace, mature-aged apprentices may also be more resilient, have more realistic expectations from work and be more ready to work with a team. 

  1. Commitment

Another benefit that mature-aged apprentices bring to the workplace is commitment. Even though apprenticeships bring a lot of benefits to students and workers, not every apprentice stays through the long haul to completion.

Mature-aged apprentices have already had time to develop soft skills, some more life experiences and learn more about other types of work. As a result, they may also be clearer on what they want from their career and be more likely to commit to the whole process.

  1. Soft Skills

There are soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, that are often essential in any workplace. Mature-aged apprentices often have well-developed soft skills, as they have had the opportunity to develop these skills in previous work environments.

  1. Maturity

Mature-aged apprentices also bring a level of maturity to the workplace that can be incredibly valuable. They understand the importance of professionalism and respect and are often able to work well in a range of different settings.

  1. Strong Work Ethic

Mature-aged apprentices often have a strong work ethic which can be invaluable in almost any work setting. They understand the importance of dedication and are willing to put in the effort required to learn, grow and succeed in their apprenticeship and beyond.

This means that mature-aged apprentices usually require less supervision to make sure that they’re on track and productive. 

  1. Role Model For Other Apprentices

Mature-aged apprentices can also act as role models for other apprentices or junior employees in the workplace. They can provide guidance and support, drawing on their life experience to help others navigate challenges in the workplace. Mature-aged apprentices often have a strong commitment to work ethic and completing work to a high standard, which can help set the standard amongst other apprentices. 

  1. Leadership Skills

Finally, mature-aged apprentices may also have strong leadership skills, which can make them a great fit for higher-level positions later on in their careers. They may have prior managerial experience or other skills in dealing with problems or people that can help them take on more meaningful roles once they have completed their apprenticeship.

Want To Learn More?

These are just some of the great benefits that we’ve personally seen employers get out of hiring mature-aged apprentices, over our 30 years of experience as a Group Training Organisation (GTO) and recruiter.

If you would like to hear some more of the great success stories our host employers have found with hiring a mature-aged apprentice through us and getting support through our services, then we would love to invite you to sit down with us and have a chat. 

Contact our team at 1300 277 736 or send an inquiry form and we’ll get back to you shortly. 


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