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No age limit to apprenticeship scheme

Thanks to recent government reforms, apprenticeship training is no longer only available to the young. So now, says the BMF, merchant employees of any age can obtain appropriate qualifications from the federation.

No age limit to apprenticeship scheme

Previously, apprenticeship schemes were only open to those under the age of 25. However, the reforms, announced by the Learning Skills Council, include the scrapping the age limit.

“The BMF is excited about the decision by the Learning Skills Council as the amendment has opened up doors for many employees who previously were not able to enrol in the Government funded Apprenticeship with the BMF,” said BMF apprenticeship scheme manager Nina Royle.

“It provides an opportunity for older employees to receive the relevant training putting them a step ahead towards progressing in their career whilst refreshing their key skills and knowledge and obtaining a recognised qualification.”

And, as the programme attracts Government funding there is no cost to the apprentice or the merchant.

The current BMF apprenticeship training available to NVQ level 2 or level 3, the equivalent of 3-5 GCSEs and 1 ‘A’ level respectively, is Distribution and Warehousing, Customer Service, Business Administration, and Retail Operations.

For more information on BMF apprenticeships visit

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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