By common consent, apprenticeships are seen to be the solution to the UK’s skills gap, from manufacturing and engineering to cyber security and software design.

Multiple articles and reports have been written on the subject and at Close Brothers we have conducted our own detailed research on the issue, interviewing around 1,000 SMEs across multiple sectors and regions.

A remarkable 82% of respondents are of the opinion that apprentices are the solution to addressing the UK’s skills gap, while 49% of business owners would take advantage of assistance offered by either the government or private sector.

At Close Brothers we help finance apprenticeship schemes in the engineering, manufacturing and transport sectors.