Press release

Britain’s fastest-growing companies to support apprenticeship recruitment

New scheme to place apprentices in companies quoted on AIM, London Stock Exchange’s growth market for ambitious small and medium businesses.

  • 850 AIM-listed companies to open doors to apprentices
  • educational charity to bring together companies and apprentices
  • scheme supports government commitment to 3 million new apprenticeships

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 (17 June 2015) 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 3 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.

Eddie Stride, CEO, City Gateway, said:

We are very excited by the potential of apprenticeship creation by SMEs, to positively impact the level of youth employment in London and the UK. Just as SME growth is critical for a diverse and healthy economy, so is the opportunity apprenticeships offer unemployed young people, enabling them to build careers and become active citizens in our society and economy.

The announcement follows news on 14 June 2015 that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will be protected in law, strengthening their reputation, help working people and ensuring apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to university education.

Notes to editors

1.About apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give people the security of a pay packet and dignity of a recognised qualification and the millions of apprentices being supported will help carry the UK economy forward. People wanting more information, or to apply for an apprenticeship, should visit ‘apprenticeships - get in go far’

2.About City Gateway

City Gateway is a charity based in Tower Hamlets, East London. It supports disadvantaged and disengaged young people and women into employment through training and apprenticeships in partnership with the business community. Many of the young people are at risk of long-term unemployment, as well as gang violence, crime, drugs and sexual exploitation. Through a range of programmes, it helps them build the confidence and skills they need to overcome these risks, secure employment and break the cycle of poverty. Alongside training and employment programmes, City Gateway runs award winning youth centres and services for at risk young people, programmes to support families in need and social enterprises to serve the local community.

3.About London Stock Exchange Group

London Stock Exchange Group (LSE.L) is a diversified international market infrastructure and capital markets business sitting at the heart of the world’s financial community. The Group can trace its history back to 1698. The Group operates a broad range of international equity, bond and derivatives markets, including London Stock Exchange; Borsa Italiana; MTS, Europe’s leading fixed income market; and Turquoise, a pan-European equities MTF. It is also home to one of the world’s leading growth markets for SMEs, AIM. Through its platforms, the Group offers international business and investors unrivalled access to Europe’s capital markets. Headquartered in London, with significant operations in North America, Italy, France and Sri Lanka, the Group employs approximately 4,700 people.