Nearly two thirds of the UK workforce (62%) say they would like to change their career.

But three in ten cite the biggest obstacle to making a change is family or financial commitments with a further 17% stating that lack of confidence and would need to change their mind-set.

19% believe their lack of qualifications prohibit the change whilst another 19% that admit they have no understanding of how to go about switching careers.

Finally, 14% put off by the thought of time it takes to re-train.

When respondents were asked what could support them to make their change: 

  • 26% stated the ‘belief they can do it and a change of mindset’.
  • 17% stated investment in training and or educational qualifications or new skills
  • 12% would like support in the form of outside funding or a grant.
  • 11% believe the Government and or industry could support with further initiatives. 

More than half of UK employees (52%) also admitted they would readily embark on an apprenticeship if it could support career change or move to a different industry sector.

Yet nearly two thirds of those that wouldn’t embark on an apprenticeship believe they are too old and the limit is just between the ages of 16-24. A quarter of respondents felt that apprenticeships would be a step down given their career experience.

We live in an era where a job is no longer a job for life and in fact many could have at least two or even three different careers in their working life. Yet despite the majority of UK workforce open to the possibility of Apprenticeship, the vast majority have already ruled this out as they believe there is an age barrier in order to access. The reality is that Apprenticeships are open above the age of 16 and there is no age barrier.

Rob Brouwer, CEO of Jobrapido
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