Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme
Supporting SME's by helping fund new apprentices
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
Thinking about taking on an apprentice?Here are some reasons why it could be beneficial to your business
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 eighth 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.
Close Brothers remains committed to SME apprenticeship programme
A further 15 apprentices joined the programme in 2021, marking the fifth phase of this scheme.Read more
Helping to tackle the driver shortage through apprenticeships
Close Brothers partnered with the RHA to help tackle the driver shortage and train the next generation of Large Goods Vehicle Drivers through its SME Apprentice Programme.Find out more here
The value of our SME Apprentice Programme
"If you want to keep ahead of the competition then you need the right people with the right skills."
That’s why Robin Penny, managing director of Penny Hydraulics Ltd, signed up to the Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme.
The power of apprenticeship support
Insight from Steve Gee, CEO, Close Brothers Asset Finance, Industrial Equipment DivisionRead more here
Apprentices and the housebuilding talent pipeline
The number of apprentices employed by SME’s in the housebuilding sector has surgedRead more here