Keltbray joins the 5% clubPublished 18/12, 2017 at 12:32
In the UK Keltbray Group has joined the 5% Club, a movement of nearly 250 employers focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates into the workforce.
Keltbray decided to join this initiative to help put the spotlight on the importance of investing in training and development to fill the skills gap and secure the future of the industry. It also sees the membership of the 5% Club as a way to encourage other employers to make a difference, and support the UK’s ability to compete in increasingly tough global markets.
The 5% Club, founded in 2013 by Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn, aims to achieve 5% of their workforce in ‘earn and learn’ positions within five years: “The 5% Club was created so that employers, big and small, in every industry, would increase their ‘earn and learn’ training opportunities, raising people’s employable skills to ensure the UK has a society and economy which lifts its citizens out of poverty,” said Quinn.
Every year Keltbray invests over £2M in training and development to build on the Group’s competence and expertise and be fit for future growth. This is largely delivered through in-house, accredited training centres.
As part of Keltbray’s commitment to train the next generation, many of Keltbray’s apprentices have been recruited through Community Engagement programmes. Keltbray also works in partnership with a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including The Prince’s Trust, Construction Youth Trust, Crisis and Bounce Back, to get disadvantaged people into meaningful work and training.
“Last year, these schemes saw Keltbray provide jobs and opportunities for 23 local or long term unemployed candidates. This means we now have 35 people working with us on these programmes across the Group. However, attracting the best skills and talent from all parts of society remains one of the biggest challenges Keltbray faces,” said Keltbray Group chief executive Brendan Kerr.