Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme
Supporting SME's by helping fund new apprentices
Helping local SMEs to secure the skills they need
We are delighted to announce that we are partnering again with the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre to fund a further 20 apprenticeships through the Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme.
This year, we will be funding 15 new apprentices and five progressing apprentices to higher and degree apprenticeships.
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
Rosie Davies, a Close Brothers funded apprentice, Class of 2018
Jakub Kuchta, a Close Brothers funded apprentice, Class of 2020
Adrian Salatowski, a Close Brothers funded apprentice, Class of 2015
Ben Siddall, a Close Brothers funded apprentice, Class of 2015
Hallam Castings and Nikki Jones, Director of the AMRC training centre, discuss the value of apprentices and the difference that Close Brothers has made
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.