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Successful candidates announced for the RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprentice Scheme – 20/20

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Following a rigorous and detailed selection process, the 20 successful winners of the pioneering ‘RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprentice Scheme – 20/20’ have been named.

As part of their long-established commitment to supporting small and medium sized enterprises, Close Brothers Asset Finance, together with the Road Haulage Association, launched a scheme encouraging RHA members with less than 20 vehicles to apply for funding to recruit and train the next generation of HGV drivers.

Under the scheme, Close Brothers will help pay for 20 apprentices to learn their skills, meaning the signed up hauliers won’t have to bear the full cost of employing the apprentices until they are making a positive contribution to their business.

Becki Quick, Director of Meadley International Transport Ltd: “We are delighted to take advantage of this apprentice scheme and the employee we have in mind is over the moon and we feel very fortunate to have been selected and would like to thank the RHA and Close Brothers Asset Finance for the opportunity.”

Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the RHA: “Our industry is facing a massive skills shortage and, with Brexit looming, it looks set to get worse. This is a ground-breaking scheme so by helping 20 of our members to recruit, train and employ new drivers will go some way to reducing the shortage.”

John Fawcett, CEO, Close Brothers Asset Finance Transport division, said: “Britain’s transport companies urgently need to recruit and train a new generation of skilled drivers if they are to grow in an increasingly competitive market. We are proud to continue our tradition of actively championing apprentice schemes and believe this pioneering scheme will provide genuine financial support to the SME sector.”

Apprenticeship scheme winners:

  • Bateman Skip Hire
  • Buckleigh Laundry
  • Callagh Haulage
  • Carl Chapman & Sons Transport
  • Coopers Transport Services
  • Daniels Transport
  • Economove Limited
  • Freightright
  • J S Hosking & Son
  • Meadley International Transport
  • Milesmore
  • N D Young Transport
  • Newall Plant
  • P Lack Haulage
  • Ranns Construction
  • Rose Plant Hire
  • Selecta Systems
  • T W Bowler
  • West Road Haulage