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Print SMEs are leading the apprenticeship sector

According to the Close Brothers Business Barometer, print companies are doing better than other industry sectors, with 41 per cent of printing companies hiring apprentices.

Other industries flying the flag for apprentice recruitment include transport and public sector SMEs (40 per cent).

Of the print firms that hire apprentices, 57 per cent said it gives them access to the best young talent, while 29 per cent say that apprentices improve business productivity.

Managing director of the Print Division at Close Brothers Asset Finance, Basil Bannayi said: “It would seem that print businesses that participate in apprenticeship schemes see clear benefits in doing so, and I would encourage more firms to consider it as a way to grow their workforce and bridge any skills gap they may have.

Close Brothers are playing a big role in helping firms find apprentices. Last month, engineering businesses in Sheffield were given the opportunity to hire apprentices through The Close Brothers SME Apprentice Programme. Under the initiative, Close Brothers will help pay for 20 apprentices to learn crucial engineering skills.

“It’s particularly relevant for print firms to think about the skills they need to keep up with a rapidly changing industry. While technological developments are a very positive thing, there is inevitably a correlation between evolving technology and the need for a workforce that is qualified to keep up with the latest changes.”