RBWeek16 – Joining The 5% Club Initiative
It’s BITC’s Responsible Business Week, and we’re talking all things Responsible Business. In this blog, we’re showcasing our commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices.
The 5% Club campaign was initiated by defence technology company QinetiQ with an aim to get the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years.
The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. It also asks members to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.
As a business committed to promoting the exciting career paths that engineering entails and helping to inspire the next generation of engineers, championing initiatives like Apprenticeships is high on our agenda. We are keen to make a difference and provide youngsters with opportunities to develop STEM skills in an industry full of opportunity.
Our Apprentice Academy provides an outlet for us to mentor young people and support them to develop skills in their chosen discipline, whether it’s Fabrication and Welding, Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, or Business and Administration.
With 10 Apprentices across the Group who are making a huge impact to our business, we are keen to further the number of Apprentices we take on and meet our 5% Club target and aspirations.
As a former Apprentice, adi’s CEO, Alan Lusty is hugely passionate about Apprenticeships and adds;
“As an avid believer in apprenticeships, we are proud to be a member of The 5% Club. In 2014 we launched our own academy with the aim to build the best-quality apprenticeship programme in the UK. My apprenticeship helped me in understanding what adi apprentices would want and need which is helping us as a group to develop a great apprenticeship programme. We are keen to further develop our Apprentice programme to play our part in addressing youth unemployment and skills shortage through The 5% Club.”
Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said;
“We’re delighted to welcome adi Group to the initiative. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed and together we can strive towards a brighter future for young people in Britain.”
Curious about The 5% Club and how you can get involved? Learn more over on their website here: http://www.5percentclub.org.uk/BACK TO ARTICLES