Leading SME funder to recruit apprentices in Manchester and Banbury offices

SME funder scopes new recruits in both Manchester and Banbury

Leading independent business funder, Bibby Financial Services (BFS), has launched an apprenticeship scheme to find new talent for roles in its Manchester and Banbury offices.

Successful candidates will follow a programme, accredited by the BBP University, and will be guaranteed a permanent position with the business upon completion. There are no prerequisite qualification required and candidates taken-on will be offered competitive salaries and BFS’ employee rewards scheme.

Global HR Director, Wendy Taylor, says the scheme is unique in that it offers apprentices opportunities to train in a variety of roles across the business.

Wendy said: “We’re committed to the local communities that we operate within and this is a fantastic opportunity for candidates to work in a number of different teams across the business.”

“Our apprentice scheme forms part of our wider recruitment strategy to attract the country’s leading talent, across a range of disciplines including sales, marketing, risk and operations.

“Unlike other apprenticeship schemes - which often focus training on one area - we offer our candidates valuable, hands-on experience across a range of positions. This gives them a holistic and unique understanding of the business, which is a great way to kick-start their careers.”

BFS provides funding to more than 7,000 UK businesses through its 19 local offices in the UK. It has more than 700 UK employees and in March, it was awarded 31st place in the 2016 Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.

Seven apprenticeships are being recruited for in the business’s specialist products division and successful candidates will start their new roles in September. Two roles will be based in the funder’s Manchester office at Salford Quays, with the remaining five roles based in Banbury.

Training and development modules include processes and systems, products and markets, risk and compliance, commerciality and customer service. The course gives a combination of university accredited education, alongside hands-on training, provided by BFS’ in-house training team.

BFS has a proven track record when it comes to developing home grown talent, Helen Wheeler, Managing Director for Construction Finance at BFS started as a Client Manager with the business in 2005. Helen said: “BFS is an incredibly ambitious and forward looking business that is focused on looking after both clients and employees. We have a real ‘can-do’ attitude as an organisation and there are fantastic career opportunities available to all.

“There are also great training and development prospects within the business so the apprenticeship places really are a fantastic opportunity for those looking to kick-start their career.”

Posted on 1 July 2016

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