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Brother among first to gain new apprenticeship accreditation

Brother UK has become one of just nine companies in the country to receive Government-backed ‘We Invest in Apprenticeships’ accreditation.

The scheme, led by Investors in People and developed with the Department of Education, assesses businesses on their commitment to apprenticeship schemes, the development of their learners and the support they give.

Apprentices make up 5% of Brother’s workforce and include everyone from school leavers to diploma trainees and degree learners.

Former apprentices who have taken up roles at Brother include Gemmer Crozier, who completed her apprenticeship in 2014 and now leads the company’s green strategy as a sustainable development coordinator, and Lewis Johnstone, who has been recognised as a rising star by UK business supplies and services trade association BOSS.

Sam Johnson, learning and organisational development manager at Brother UK, said: “Investing in our people’s development creates a positive working culture and ensures we have a sustainable future by generating the skills we need to grow. Our apprenticeship programme represents a vital part of this, enabling us to bring in new talent while providing an opportunity to support young people in the communities we work in.”

In February, Brother won Best Apprenticeship Programme in the PrintIT Awards presented by Technology Resellersister publication PrintIT Reseller (turn to page 30 for details of the other winners).

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