National Apprenticeship Week
Celebrating the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the community
Helping to "build the future" through apprenticeships
This week marks the 14th National Apprenticeship Week, a celebration of apprenticeships, showcasing the impact and benefits they can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies.
Themed “Build the future”, everyone is encouraged to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to build a workforce with future ready skills. As the impacts of the pandemic on the economy develop, the importance of apprenticeships as a model for education and training is only going to increase. National Apprenticeship Week gives an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of opportunity and value that apprenticeships bring, and how they can help individuals and employers build their future.
Close Brothers has been supporting apprenticeships for six years through its SME Apprentice Programme. Find out more here.
Recruiting and training a new generation of apprentices
Since 2015 Close Brothers has successfully helped SMEs across the UK recruit and train a new generation of apprentices.
Apprenticeships can be life changing, offering people of all ages and backgrounds a high quality route to skilled employment in a range of exciting professions.
We believe the SME sector is the lifeblood of the UK economy and strongly encourage the role of apprentices in helping SMEs grow.
"We are proud to support National Apprenticeship week, a celebration bringing the whole apprenticeship community together to recognise the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy."
Adrian Sainsbury, Chief Executive
A lasting, positive impact on society
Our SME Apprentice Programme is now in its fifth phase and demonstrates our long established and continued commitment to help SMEs and their local communities grow, succeed and thrive.
The programme contributes to the funding of new apprentices in the manufacturing and transport sectors in and around the Midlands, helping local SMEs to secure the skills they need for the future.
Hallam Castings, a UK aluminium die casting specialist manufacturer, describes the value of having a Close Brothers funded apprentice in their business
Please note, this video was filmed prior to the Covid-19 outbreak