Black & White (B&W) Bridging has established an apprenticeship programme to boost recruitment in the Bath and Bristol area.

Working in association with Bristol-based Professional Apprenticeships, Black & White has already taken on two apprentices and is interviewing for a third this month.

Damien Druce, commercial director of Black & White Bridging, said: “With our roots in the Bath and Bristol area we want to support our local economy, give young people a route into the finance world and train them in all aspects of our business.

“Not only do we gain from having enthusiastic young starters, who are keen to learn but also they join us with no preconceptions and are therefore open to learning and adopting our culture of transparency in everything we do.

“In return, we provide a full training programme and support where their particular talents are assessed to find the right long term role for them within the organisation.

“I have always been a fan of those football clubs, which, rather than buying in expensive talent, put their resources into their youth academies to grow the next generation of first team talent.

“At Black & White we are establishing our own ‘academy’ to train the finance professionals of the future and support them as they build their careers with us and in the wider world.”