The Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme is a pioneering programme helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) secure the skills they need for future growth. Close Brothers contribute to the cost of apprentices for 20 SMEs who might otherwise be unable to afford to take on a new apprentice.
With the support of the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre and the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), the programme helps SMEs recruit and train a new generation of advanced engineering workers.
Close Brothers, the MTA and the AMRC Training Centre continue to offer support for participating companies throughout the programme. On Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December Close Brothers Trainers held workshops at the AMRC for around 180 SME apprentices, providing them with the skills, tools and techniques to develop their career. The training covered all aspects from CV writing and interview skills to financial and career planning and gives the apprentices a great foundation from which to build their careers.
Staff from Close Brothers spent time with the apprentices to understand how the programme has made a difference to them and it was great to hear so many positive experiences.
Close Brothers’ own financial trainees visited the AMRC on 10th November to gain a further insight into the Engineering and Manufacturing sectors. The Banking trainees spent time shadowing some of the 20 apprentices in their workshops and were even given the chance to perform some of the practical tasks the apprentices are becoming skilled in.
A reciprocated visit to the Close Brothers Head Office by the 20 apprentices is planned for 2016.
Companies wanting further information about The Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme should contact Marc Rhodes at the AMRC Training Centre, email@example.com; +44 (0)114 215 8036