Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme
Supporting SMEs 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
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.
Helping to "build the future" through apprenticeships
This year’s National Apprenticeship Week (8-14 February), a celebration of apprenticeships, was themed “Build the future”.
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 gave 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.
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