Apprentice 20/20

By teaming up with the RHA, Close Brothers Asset Finance is helping to fund apprenticeships for 'next generation' of HGV drivers.


Fact: The UK economy needs more lorry drivers!

  • Right now we have a shortage of 45,000 drivers in the UK
  • 85% of everything we see around us has been transported by a lorry
  • Unless we act now the UK supply chain will be seriously affected

Problem: Financing new driver training

You’d like to take on a new drivers, but have concerns about the training costs and wages. Read on to see how we can help...

Solution: RHA & Close Brothers Asset Finance Apprentice 20/20 Scheme

To help combat the driver shortage, the RHA and Close Brothers Asset Finance have joined forces to launch a pioneering programme to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) secure the drivers they need for future growth.   

What is the RHA & Close Brothers Asset Finance Apprentice 20/20 Scheme?

Through the ‘RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprenticeship Scheme – 20/20’, Close Brothers will contribute to financing the cost of 20 new apprentices for RHA Members operating fleets of less than 20 vehicles.

What do you need to do if your application is successful?

  • Once successful, you need to identify someone under the age of 24 that has the desire to become an LGV driver.  You might already employ someone within your company that fits the bill, or you may want to make contact with a local college or advertise locally.
  • You need to be willing to employ an apprentice driver who is under the age of 24 and allow them the necessary time to complete the theory and practical training. 
  • All training costs will be fully covered by the Government Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme.
  • Close Brothers Asset Finance will fund half of the new recruits’ wages during the first six months and a quarter in the second six months. This means you won’t have to bear the full cost of employing an apprentice until they are able to make a positive contribution to your business. 
  • The first intake will be in September 2017 with the apprenticeship lasting for one year, and will conclude with an End Point Assessment. 

Act now

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 29th September so don't delay - click here for the application form.

Read the terms and conditions here