Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme
Supporting SME's by helping fund new apprentices
Helping to "build the future" through apprenticeships
This year's National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February), a celebration of apprentices, was once again themed "build the future".
The theme "build the future" continued for 2022 reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills.
Since 2015 Close Brothers has been supporting apprenticeships through its SME Apprentice Programme, just one of the ways we continue to help SMEs and their local communities to grow and thrive.
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.
"Apprenticeships are an excellent way for UK SMEs to fill skills gaps, develop their future workforce and improve long-term growth prospects."
Adrian Sainsbury, Chief Executive
Hallam Castings and Nikki Jones, Director of the AMRC training centre, discuss the value of apprentices and the difference that Close Brothers has made
Meet Rosie Davies, a Close Brothers funded apprentice
Ben Siddall, a Close Brothers funded apprentice
Adrian Salatowski, a Close Brothers funded apprentice
A lasting, positive impact on society
Our SME Apprentice Programme is now in its seventh year 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.