Lewisham Council has lifted the maximum age limit of apprenticeship applications in Lewisham from 24 in recognition of rising unemployment among the over 50s.
The apprenticeship scheme has worked with 25 businesses to “create new opportunities” since launching.
A spokesperson for the council said: “Since we launched our Apprenticeship programme in September 2009, youth unemployment has reduced by 65 per cent while over 50s unemployment in particular has continued to rise.
“We decided to align our programme to address the changing needs in the borough.”
The spokesperson added: “Individual apprenticeships vary between one and three years. The rate of pay to anyone over the age of 16 is £6.70 an hour.
“The government also offer a 30 per cent discount towards travel to anyone on an apprenticeship scheme.
“The current vacancies are spread across Lewisham Council, Lewisham Homes, Quality Heating Supplies and Phoenix Community Housing.
“We hope these apprenticeship opportunities will provide people of all ages with the chance to return to work or to start their career”.
To apply for the apprenticeship you must be a Lewisham resident, be over the age of 16 and not hold a qualification higher than A-Levels or equivalent.
The closing date for applications is March 21.