Close Brothers to fund apprenticeship costs for SMEs

AMRC Training Centre apprentice Rebecca Taylor and trainer Mick Fairman
AMRC Training Centre apprentice Rebecca Taylor and trainer Mick Fairman
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The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is central to the Close Brothers’ scheme.

Since opening in October 2013, the centre has taken on 410 first and second-year apprentices.

It is the joint headquarters of the new National College for Advanced Manufacturing and has links with both Sheffield universities.

This enables apprentices to progress to higher-level qualifications up to doctorate and MBA level.

The centre’s approach puts an emphasis on working with industry to address the manufacturing skills gap.