The 5% Club Case Study: Sam Edlin

Sam EdlinSam Edlin of QinetiQ is the focus of The Five Club Case Study this week. Find out more about his day to day role as a graduate in the Maritime division:

Name: Sam Edlin

Position: Maritime Graduate

Started: September 2013

Studied: Systems Engineering MEng at Loughborough University



I joined QinetiQ and the Maritime Graduate Scheme in September this year. The scheme lasts for 18 months and is designed to give graduates a taste of the range of areas that the Maritime Division has to offer by running 6, 3-month placements in the division. I am currently on my first placement in Maritime Communications. In January I will be moving to a new area of Maritime where I will be joining the Naval Combat Systems group.

The work I do day-to-day is varied, one day I could be testing some equipment on a submarine, the next I could be back at my office in Portsdown Technology Park working with customers for future developments.

In addition to my work in the graduate scheme I am looking to continue my professional development and gain chartered engineer status. QinetiQ has already provided my with some great opportunities and experiences, I look forward to an exciting career!


Pinsent Masons Joins The 5% Club

Pinsent Masons

The 5% Club are delighted to announce that Pinsent Masons has become the first law firm to pledge their support to reaching the 5% employment target for graduates, apprentices and sponsored students.

The company has become the latest major blue chip to join The 5% Club since its formation in October.

Jonathan Bond, Director of HR and Learning at Pinsent Masons, says:

“We have always had a commitment to recruiting and retaining the best talent in the market, from a variety of backgrounds, in order to develop the future leaders of the legal profession and respond to the current and anticipated needs of our clients. By joining The 5% Club we wanted to formalise that commitment and reinforce the importance we attach to giving young people a chance to develop fulfilling careers in legal and non-legal roles.”

As a member, Pinsent Masons will sign a charter aspiring to work towards 5% of their UK workforce being young people on structured training schemes over the next five years.

Leo Quinn, QinetiQ Group CEO and founding member of The 5% Club commented:

“Pinsent Masons joining The 5%Club shows the inclusive nature of this campaign and emphasises  the need to address this important issue across a range of industries.

“We must continue to drive for the fullest possible participation in The 5% Club: – this is a vital UK-wide issue which must be addressed by all business leaders.”

Companies wishing to sign up to The 5% Club or which simply would like more information can visit or email


The 5% Club Case Study: Natasha Pitts

Dale Power Solutions‘ Higher Apprentice, Natasha Pitts, was honoured at the National Apprenticeship Awards last week, taking home the Highly Commended award in recognition for her exceptional work as a higher apprentice.Natasha Pitts The 5% Club

Natasha has worked at Dale Power Solutions since September 2010 on an Advanced Apprenticeship in electrical and electronic engineering. She completed her Advanced Apprenticeship 2 years early and progressed onto a Higher Apprenticeship.

Natasha’s Apprenticeship has helped her to become a valued team member and is seen as a star of the future and a role model to all apprentices. She has helped to develop training equipment for Dale Power Solutions training partner (Derwent Training) to enhance the learning experience of other apprentices.

Natasha is very passionate about engineering and science and is very proud to promote engineering and the power of apprenticeships in local schools through her role as a STEM ambassador and encourages young people into stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable careers through an apprenticeship.

On receiving her Highly Commended award, Natasha said: “I am very proud to have achieved the highly commended award at the national apprenticeship awards finals in Birmingham. It is both a privilege and an honour to achieve such an award, to be in the top 3 in the country is a fantastic achievement and one that I could have only dreamt of when I joined Dale 3 years ago as an advanced apprentice.”

Tim Wilkins, Chief Executive of Dale Power Solutions, said: “Natasha is a fantastic example of the contribution apprentices have made to our business and how they become part of the future of our business and an integral part of Dale Power Solutions team.”

Seen & Heard: This week in The 5% Club

Coverage in the Telegraph, a new member announcement and representation at the European Employment Forum in Belgium: Its been a busy week for The 5% Club…

QinetiQ chief executive Leo Quinn advocated the use of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates in order to create ‘employability and employment’ in the Telegraph on Friday.

Quinn emphasised Britain’s pedigree for engineering and innovation, describing the country as a ‘byword for invention’:

“On their shoulders a small island stood tall, ranged far and built many wonders of the modern world.”

However, Quinn urged the nation to address chronic skills-shortages in order to generate industrial growth:

Young people are the very resource critical to our future ability to grow and compete globally, to revive Britain’s engineering reputation. For us as industrialists, developing our young people is a straightforward business imperative: as parents and citizens, it is also a moral one.

Leo Quinn also took part in an engineering Q&A for the Telegraph on Friday. Quinn described engineering as one of the ‘great traditions of Great Britain’.

Innovation still drives our world and engineering gives an amazing opportunity to be part of mankind’s ongoing advances.

Tomorrow, QinetiQ’s Head of Sustainability Sam Healy will be part of a panel that discusses Youth Unemployment at a Conference in Belgium. Keep an eye on @5PercentClubUK for the latest talking points from the discussion.

We are proud to announce that Natasha Pitts, an apprentice from The 5% Club member Dale Power Solutions, has been named as one of three Higher Apprentices of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards. Natasha has also been shortlisted by STEMNET for the Most Inspirational Apprentice award, which will take place later this month. We wish her the best of luck!

Lastly, we are delighted to announce a new member to The 5% Club. Engineering consultancy Clark Eriksson have pledged their support to the Club’s cause and have adopted the 5% employment target for graduates, apprentices and sponsored students within their organisation.

Stay tuned for more member updates from The 5% Club this week.

The 5% Club Case Study: George Rawlins

Our case-study focus this week is on George Rawlins, a higher apprentice in the Aerospace Division at Atkins. Find out more about his role below.

George Rawlins The 5% ClubLocation: Bristol

Division: Aerospace

I was one of the first people to join Atkins’ Aerospace division on the higher apprenticeship scheme. While working towards a foundation degree in mechanical engineering at the City of Bristol College, I am also working with colleagues on high profile projects for clients including Rolls-Royce and Airbus. My focus is on mechanical and design engineering across aerostructures and aero engines.

I was eager to get into the workplace and make my own way in the world, so the higher apprenticeship suits me as it will enable me to do this while I study. Due to the nature of work and the breadth of disciplines, Atkins was one of my top choices.

Another Great Step Forward For British Apprentices

Prime Minister David Cameron’s intentions to overhaul British Apprenticeships has been hailed as ‘another great step forward’ by QinetiQ CEO and co-founder of The 5% Club, Leo Quinn.

Cameron spoke to 600 apprentices at the Mini Plant in Oxford on Monday, and revealed his plans introduce year-long apprenticeships that will be graded on a three-point scale to put them on par with qualifications.

Introducing the new initiative, the Prime Minister said: “What we’re announcing is going to make a massive difference to thousands of young people’s lives. It involves 2 things.

“One: we’re saying; if you want an apprenticeship, we’re going to make sure you do the best apprenticeship in the world. The reforms we’re announcing today will put employers in the driving seat and ensure that we deliver high quality training that supports you and our economy for years to come. 

“Two: we’re saying if you need help preparing for an apprenticeship or want to get straight into the world of work, we’ll help you to”.

Leo Quinn welcomed the overhaul and called on British industry to step up their efforts:  “We as employers need to recognize that better apprentice and graduate programmes, and the investment in skills they represent, are critical to our ability to compete effectively for the exports that will drive our economic growth.

“By creating new opportunities for tomorrow’s generation, British industry can help Government schemes such as Trailblazer Pilots to make a lifelong difference to the career prospects of the next generation and their ability to share in our national prosperity.

“What gets measured, gets done, and I call on all companies of all sizes to join The 5% Club and meet the challenge of investing in a generation.”