As part of National Apprenticeship Week, a college is working to prove that there is no age limit to starting an apprenticeship and embarking on a new career path.

Former hairdresser, Vicky Porter, 37, began a business administration apprenticeship at Furness College after deciding she wanted to develop her IT skills and gain a qualification in business.

The mum-of-two hopes the change in direction will provide new career opportunities and is thinking of a career in the education sector.

“Anyone can do an apprenticeship regardless of their age,” she said.

“I was keen to get back into work following a career break to care for my two small children.

“An apprenticeship seemed the perfect option as it meant I was earning at the same time as training.

“I love the fact that I am learning new skills while earning.

“I’m looking forward to progressing to a successful career in the education sector and the opportunities that may arise following my apprenticeship.”

Furness College Principal and Chief Executive Professor Andrew Wren said there is no age barrier for an apprenticeship and, alongside apprenticeships for school leavers and those who want to change career direction such as Ms Porter, there are also higher and degree apprenticeships.

He said: “It has been a tough year for many, and we know that there is a lot of uncertainty around jobs.

“But an apprenticeship could provide the career springboard people are seeking.

“The town has a strong tradition of supporting apprenticeships – particularly in engineering – but we have a whole range of options including accounting, business administration, hair and beauty, construction, IT and early years education.”