The Briggs & Forrester Group has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement by more than 250 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.
Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.
Paul Burton, Group CEO said: “Briggs & Forrester are committed to developing young talent, and invest over £2.3 million into training each year. We are recognised within the construction industry for our training standards and joining The 5% Club provides us with a platform to promote the great work we are doing, and encourage more young people into the industry.”
Briggs & Forrester offers two types of apprenticeships, technical and craft. Both programmes last for four years and allow apprentices to experience various departments within the business, ultimately selecting their preferred option. The Briggs & Forrester apprenticeship programme produces some of the industry’s best and brightest, who have been recognised with awards from WorldSkills, H&V News, BESA and The Worshipful Company of Plumbers.
“We are proud to say that over 5% of our current workforce is made up of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates. Our structured training programme leads to a recognised qualification, a varied working environment and excellent career prospects. We will continue to promote apprenticeships and training opportunities within the construction industry and hope to inspire the next generation of engineers,” said Paul Burton.
Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome the Briggs & Forrester Group into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other. All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”