New scheme to place apprentices in companies quoted on AIM, London Stock Exchange’s growth market for ambitious small and medium businesses
Business Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a new scheme to place apprentices in small and medium companies quoted on AIM, London Stock Exchange’s growth market for ambitious small and medium businesses.
Speaking at the London Stock Exchange Group’s event last night to celebrate AIM’s 20th anniversary, he praised the scheme which he said will bring together innovative new companies that are the future of British business, and the hardworking young apprentices who are the future of the British workforce.
The London Stock Exchange Group Foundation has committed an initial £20,000 to underwrite the cost of administering the scheme, with additional funds raised at the event last night. The scheme will be run by the educational charity City Gateway. More than 850 companies from across the country are quoted on AIM, and the scheme will work to highlight the opportunities they offer to young people.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said: “World class apprenticeships are essential to support our employers and give hope and opportunity to young people. We are committed to three million new apprenticeship starts in this Parliament, and AIM’s apprenticeship scheme is exactly the kind of project that will help make that vision a reality.”
Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, said: “As we celebrate 20 years of AIM providing capital to companies to fund their growth, we are delighted to launch this new SME Apprenticeship Scheme in partnership with City Gateway.
“SMEs are a key driver of jobs, innovation and economic growth in the UK. Matching the UK’s most dynamic growth companies with talented young people seeking life- changing opportunities is a win-win. We have worked with City Gateway to provide apprentices with careers in the City of London and this new scheme builds on that success. The government’s focus on prioritising the creation of more apprenticeships is key to giving young people a great future and increasing opportunity for all, and we are delighted to be involved.”