NACFB and Hitachi in pilot for commercial apprenticeships

The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers is piloting its first-ever apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with Hitachi Capital Business Finance.

In the first year, only one candidate will pass through the scheme, although more may be put through training once the pilot has completed.

HCBF will cover the cost of the training, which will include a six-month in-house position at the firm’s office in Staines and then six months with a commercial finance broker. Following this, the apprentice will be able to set up as an independent broker or join an existing brokerage.

NACFB chief executive Adam Tyler says: “We recognise at the NACFB that there is a need for young talent to come through, the average age of our commercial finance brokers is increasing and we need to invest in new talent for the future. The cost of training can be prohibitive, so being able to finance a talented individual is something we are proud to offer.”