The 5% Club — Trustees

The 5% Club seeks up to three Trustees to join its Board. As well as being personally committed to inspire positive action for increased and accessible workplace learning, the successful candidates will bring senior leadership experience from the commercial sector; or expertise in skills training / emerging talent; or experience in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion agenda; or have strategic understanding of policy and organisational issues in national or large B2B organisations. Deadline: 15 December 2022

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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.

Role specification

The 5% Club seeks up to three new Trustees who can think both broadly and independently in supporting and challenging the work of the Executive. It is essential that they consider issues constructively from a big picture perspective, have a track record of success at a strategic level, and expertise relevant to some aspect(s) of its activities.

Trustees help support the Chair and Executive team to examine, challenge and support the operational delivery and strategic direction of the charity's major projects and programmes. They bring an independent perspective to the work of the charity, with specific subject matter expertise. Trustees of The 5% Club need to understand the thinking of quite a daunting span of both talent managers and job seekers across sectors.

The broad areas of the work of the Board include:

  • Strategic direction: ensuring that the charity is responding to the changing external environment across programmes and its Members
  • Performance: monitoring the performance of the Executive against strategic and operational plans
  • Assurance: contributing to the identification and monitoring of risk, ensuring there are adequate short and longer term financial plans in place to deliver the strategy, as well as adhering to the highest standards of charity governance

Person specification

Candidates invited to interview will be asked to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

  • Impact at a senior level of enacting principles of good governance (for applicants in an earlier stage of their career, the Board will be looking for evidence of potential to attain a senior level)
  • Proven ability to envisage and measure strategic goals in complex situations
  • Experience building effective high level relationships within or between government and business
  • Proven ability to challenge the status quo and test new ideas
  • Active engagement with others, contributing / assessing alternative views for optimal solutions

Further, candidates should also be able to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Senior level expertise in leading and shaping the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion agenda
  • Strategic understanding of policy and organisational issues in national or large business-to-business organisations
  • Senior leadership experience in the commercial sector (whether in marketing & communications, legal matters, human resources or financial management) 
  • Senior level expertise in skills training, emerging talent or learning and development 
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to further education and skills

The 5% Club strongly encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates, particularly those from under-represented groups, and those who have achieved success through non-traditional educational / social care routes. It is also very open to receiving applications from candidates seeking their first Trustee role.

Board composition

Victoria Scarth, Chair
Yvonne Baker OBE, Trustee
David Mercer, Trustee
Jo Volk, Trustee
Ritika Wadhwa, Trustee
Stephen Wardell, Trustee

Please click here for more information about the Board.

Terms of appointment

This role is unremunerated, but reasonable, pre-agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed. The appointment is for a three year term, which may be renewed once.


There are four Board meetings in Central London per year. The dates will be decided as per convenience of all Board members for travel purposes. 


The 5% Club welcomes applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability. It particularly encourages applications from a diverse range of candidates, particularly those from under represented groups, and those who have achieved success through non-traditional educational / social care routes. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process. In line with the Equality Act 2010, however, the organisation may employ positive action where diverse candidates can demonstrate their ability to perform the role equally well.

The deadline for consideration is 15 December 2022.

If you would like to register your interest in this role, please fill in the form below. A member of the Nurole team will be in touch ahead of the deadline to let you know whether it would be worth submitting an application and to discuss the process further.