The Close Brothers Training Academy has opened its doors for the very first time to 34 dynamic self-starters who will become the next generation of Area Sales Managers at the leading finance firm.
The intake includes people of all ages from across the country, with varying degrees of sales experience. They will now commence an intensive nine-month programme that will comprise a mix of theoretical learning and ‘on the job’ mentoring with existing Close Brothers Sales Managers.
CEO of Close Brothers Asset Finance, Mike Randall said: “We are delighted to welcome the first of our Training Academy recruits to Close Brothers Asset Finance. We see significant long-term potential in the asset finance market, where we are a leading and long established player.
"The Training Academy represents a significant investment in training our next generation of sales people, so we can continue to support the future growth of our clients while delivering the same personal, value-added service that sets us apart."
The Training Academy is positioned as a centre of excellence in financial sales training and is based at the company’s state-of-the-art new headquarters in Wimbledon.
The September 2015 intake will see participants spread across the Transport, Print and Industrial Equipment divisions of the business.
“Some of the 34 participants have no prior sales experience, and they come, as a whole, from varied career backgrounds. The qualities they do have in common are commercial awareness and a passion to work in the finance industry.
“The programme is aimed to fast-track the participants’ knowledge of our customers, products and markets so that upon completion they will be ready to hit the ground running as trainee Area Sales Managers.
“This is a great opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry, and I wish each and every one of them good luck as they begin their journey with us,” Mike Randall added.
View a short film of our CEO, Mike Randall, as he introduces the Close Brothers Asset Finance Training Academy.