EEF and Close Brothers partner to fund 20 apprenticeships

Posted On: 16th June 2016

Close Brothers, a merchant banking group, and EEF  have announced a partnership to fund and train 20 apprentices for SMEs in the West Midlands.eeflogo

This partnership will help these companies tackle the issues of cost and red tape so they can take on an apprentice and invest in a new generation of skilled workers. The scheme will fund 1/2 the salary of an apprentice in year one and 1/4 in year two for each company.

The apprentices will be trained at EEF’s state-of-the-art Technology Training Centre in Aston, near Birmingham, which is at the forefront of new manufacturing and engineering technologies. Here they will learn both traditional and the most cutting-edge techniques that will fully equip them for a sustainable and exciting career in modern industry.

The Technology Training Centre, opened in 2014, is currently undergoing an expansion project representing £5m for a second site to increase the number of apprentices trained at the centre from 250 to over 400 a year.

Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, said:

“Three quarters of UK manufacturers have struggled to recruit skilled workers in the last three years. The skills crunch affecting our sector is critical and is forcing firms to contend with issues over both the quantity and quality of skills available to them. This innovation scheme, therefore, ticks two big boxes. It is not only helping SMEs to find and fund a talented apprentice to help their business grow, but it is also helping to inject fresh blood into our sector’s skills pool.”

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