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Returnerships bring together training, skills, and support opportunities for adults aged 50 and over.

There are a range of free and flexible courses available to help you get the job you want, gain the skills employers need and boost your confidence in the workplace.

Whether you’re looking to return to work after a break, considering retraining for a new job, or learning new skills to progress in your current job – there are opportunities available for you.

Most of the returnerships courses are fully funded by the government with financial support options available for travel and caring costs. Plus, they are fully flexible to fit around your life and other commitments.

Available to:

Adults aged over 50 looking to update or build their skills


Courses vary from a few weeks to a few years

Age restriction:

50 and over


Free - funded by the government and provider

How to apply:

From Apprenticeships to Skills Bootcamps, find the right course for you.

Julia, sitting in the driving seat of a large goods vehicle (LGV), smiling at the camera.

It’s never too late to develop skills 

Here are some of the options available: 

  • Apprenticeships and accelerated apprenticeships
  • Skills Bootcamps
  • Sector-based Work Academy Programmes available to Jobseekers claiming either Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

Supportive learning that fits your life 

Julia, aged 50, completed a free apprenticeship through Skills for Life and has achieved her life-long dream of becoming an LGV driver: 

“I thought I had missed my opportunity in life to retrain, but thanks to the Apprenticeships, I’ve landed my dream job as an LGV Driver.” 

“I have always been self-motivated and strive to do my best, but I didn’t expect to find such an ideal opportunity at this stage in my life. Opening doors for people to reskill and change jobs at any stage in life is so important.” 

“I’m now a mentor for other Apprentices, giving back through sharing my knowledge and my experience. My advice to others is just go for it – it’s never too late to learn new skills!” 

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