The 5% Club is a dynamic movement of employers committed to earn & learn as part of building and developing the workforce they need for a socially mobile, prosperous and cohesive nation. The Club exists to help its members and all employers increase further the number, quality and range of earn & learn opportunities across the UK. By joining The 5% Club, members aspire to achieve 5% of their workforce in earn and learn positions (including apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formalised training schemes) within five years of joining.
The 5% Club now represents over 750 organisations with 1.6m employees, of which almost 95,000 are in on-the-job training - an average, of almost 6% across its movement. The Chair of the Education Committee of the charity speaks about how the entire purpose is for employers to step up to the plate and address the critical skills challenges in a proactive and positive way. It’s about developing people with the right skills to forge meaningful career paths and its members represent the gold standards of training and skills development. The 5% Club is the FTSE for companies investing in skills and training.
The charity wants roles such as apprenticeships, sponsored student placements, graduate programmes and up-skilling to be accessible to all. By “all,” it means the spectrum of Britain’s social diversity – racial, cultural, gender, age, background and more. The end goal is to drive up shared prosperity in the country – the means to their goal is to enlist all manner of organisation sizes (from SMEs, for whom “5%” means one person - to FTSE100 household names employing tens of thousands) as Members, who then sign the Charter committing to building a workforce with at least 5% of their employees in earn and learn roles.
The charity has several connections to the Government and this plays a huge part in advocacy and change. Click here to watch the Founder, Leo Quinn, in conversation with Gillian Keegan MP, Secretary of State for Education (when Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills). To see all other online events, please visit the events page here.