Age is no barrier when it comes to completing an apprenticeship. So Jyoti Patel discovered when she was offered one by airline and tour operator and Jet2holidays. “ I initially thought that apprenticeships were just for younger people, but I now realise that they’re for any age,” said the 56 year old mother of two. Jyoti, from Keighley in West Yorkshire, left a promising career in procurement when she had her second child and later became a teacher for ten years. When that child took off for university she decided to resume her procurement career again. After facing “multiple rejections” she was offered a job through the travel company’s apprenticeship scheme.