MOD Welcomes 150,000th Apprentice at The 5% Club Event

Over 30 big industry names gathered at MOD Worthy Down on Thursday, 16 June as the Ministry of Defence announced the appointment of its 150,000th apprentice: Lance Corporal Brown.

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The Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, presented nineteen-year-old Intelligence Corps apprentice L/Cpl Brown with a certificate to acknowledge the milestone.

Guests at the event – representatives from organisations that make up The 5% Club – took a tour of the facility, meeting apprentices and their trainers from across the MOD’s four services: Royal Air Force, Army, Royal Navy and Civil Service.

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The visitors met dog handling, policing, and intelligence apprentices from the Army; Dstl apprentices from the Civil Service; engineering and physical training apprentices from the Royal Navy; and both veteran and new apprentices from the Royal Air Force.

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Lunch was served by Food Service Wing apprentices working in the ‘Realistic Working Environment’ restaurant, where they presented and explained their meal to the guests.

The Rt Hon Earl Howe PC said:

“I continue to believe that the training available here at Worthy Down and elsewhere within the Ministry of Defence is second to none, and that such training and apprenticeships make a definite contribution to the world-leading standard of our Armed Forces.  I was impressed by the professionalism of those that I met, and the training that they receive is of clear benefit to both such individuals and the Services, as well as assisting in any future transition to civilian life”. 

Dr Sam Healy, Group Director for Corporate Responsibility at QinetiQ and programme director of The 5% Club, said:

“This event was an excellent showcase from the UK’s largest apprenticeship provider. The MOD has a long history of investment in training, but a more recent shift toward apprenticeships means learners are equipped with transferable skills that will serve them for life. We are very grateful to the MOD for hosting this event – The opportunity for The 5% Club members to see how the MOD run their programmes and to share best practice is part of the ethos of the campaign”.

L/Cpl Brown worked as a chef before joining the Army in 2014. After progressing through Army Foundation College Harrogate and Army Training Centre Pirbright, he finished Intelligence Corps Operator Military Intelligence Class 3 (OPMI3) training in April 2016, learning core analytical and operational intelligence skills. Since joining the army, he has completed courses in Maths, English, ICT, and the Open Source Intelligence Research and Internet Security (OSIRIS) course.

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The 5% Club, spearheaded by QinetiQ, is an industry-led initiative to tackle youth unemployment with over 170 members. Each member is committed to ensuring at least 5% of employees are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students. The MOD joined The 5% Club in March 2015.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit or get in touch by emailing Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.



The 5% Club is a campaign to get the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within the next 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.


Recruiting for – Head of Development and Campaigns The 5% Club

Job Description: Head of Development and Campaigns

Salary: Commensurate with experience and responsibility

Location: Central London / Home-based initially

The 5% Club

The 5% Club was founded by a senior group of business leaders to tackle the twin social issues of youth unemployment and skills shortages. It is now looking for a dedicated and energetic individual to help drive this agenda forward, interacting with people at the highest level of business and government. The successful candidate will be instrumental in ensuring the Club both educates young people on the advantages of entering the world of work through “earn to learn” positions and businesses on taking the lead in providing these opportunities.

The organisation is focused on creating measurable momentum behind the recruitment and up-skilling of young people into the workforce. Its members consist of public and private sector employers in the UK who want to make a difference and support the UK’s ability to compete in increasingly tough global markets – and who do so by committing to having 5% of their workforce in formal training programmes as apprentices, graduate trainees or sponsored students.

Founded in October 2013, it is at an exciting point in its evolution.  Started on a semi-informal basis by a handful of companies to promote skills training and combat youth unemployment, it now has over 170 members across the spectrum of size and sectors.

Major steps are now underway to ensure the Club’s sustainability – including hiring a Director General, seeking charitable status, creation of a steering Board of senior industry figures, formal funding arrangements and an agenda to drive membership.  Together it is intended that this will enable The 5% Club to:

  •  Encourage businesses to take the lead on training the next generation
  • Promote apprenticeships and other “earn to learn” opportunities as a positive career decision
  • Be the voice for business on education and training matters
  • Act as a vehicle for interaction between government and business to ensure that employers obtain the skills we require to compete effectively on a global basis

The Role

To help it meet these goals, The 5% Club is now seeking a Head of Development and Campaigns reporting to the Director General to oversee the administration, communication and fundraising aspects of its future strategy.

We are looking for a motivated all-rounder with solid experience and judgment, who will act as the first point of contact for The Club, managing relationships with our business members and working closely with the Board and Trustees. The right candidate will have first-class interpersonal and communication skills and experience of developing and delivering high quality and relevant stakeholder engagement campaigns.

Experience could be in any sector, but the right candidate will need to be able to demonstrate transferability of this knowledge to The 5% Club. In addition, they should exhibit a commitment to, and understanding of, the importance of skills for British business globally and for youth unemployment.

There is significant scope for this new role to be defined by the successful candidate, but it will include:

  • Managing the day-to-day relationships with our business members and on-boarding new members
  • Leading and delivering the implementation of our communications strategy to support building both the profile of The 5% Club and increasing membership; Acting as a first point of contact for the charity
  • Developing and delivering an effective and sustainable strategy for maximising income from grant funding, trusts, foundations and individuals
  • Managing designated budgets
  • Staying up-to-date on policy developments, while identifying and shaping the influencing opportunities that can make change happen
  • Delivering a programme of events
  • Supporting the part-time Director-General (DG)in meeting the long-term goals for the organisation
  • Preparing for Board and Trustee meetings
  • Line management of graduate/apprentice team members

Person Specification, ideally the successful candidate will possess

  • Experience of interacting and influencing senior leaders in business and government
  • Ability to multi-task, act on initiative and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written skills (plain English) and effective interpersonal skills
  • Fundraising and budget management experience
  • Experience of dealing with the media and political stakeholders
  • Confidence in day-to-day administrative tasks and event management
  • Sympathy with The 5% Club’s approach and objectives
  • Positive attitude, a creative and lateral thinker, particularly to new tasks and problem solving, used to working in a small team to deliver big outcomes

Application Process: Please email your CV, a supporting letter (including salary expectations) outlining how you meet the Person Specification to

Closing Date: 15 July 2016


A Kings Norton based engineering group is doubling the number of apprenticeships it offers as part of plans to create 500 new jobs by 2020.

adi Group has joined the 5% Club, which is designed to encourage UK businesses to employ the equivalent of five per cent of their workforce through apprenticeships.

With 10 apprentices already employed across the UK and Ireland, adi has already made headway in achieving its target after recruiting two new apprentices at the start of the year. Now, it is recruiting for a further six positions nationwide – four of which are in Birmingham – with a view to add two more in the second half of 2016.

Supported by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the 5% Club is part of the government’s goal to create three million more apprenticeships by 2020.

Employing over 450 staff, the company hopes to achieve its five per cent target by the end of next year.

Alan Lusty, chief executive officer at adi Group, said: “We operate in a sector that has suffered from a serious skills shortage in recent years.

“But with plans to expand our business by creating 500 new jobs in the next five years, it is imperative that we inspire a sea change in how we plan and deliver training to the next generation of engineers.

“Apprenticeships are a vital way to tackle the skills shortage, but they are in need of a serious image overhaul. In our field, hands-on apprenticeships are the building blocks of a highly rewarding career that can take individuals all the way to the top, and yet young people and their parents remain largely unaware of the benefits such a route into work can bring.

“By increasing the number of apprenticeships we offer we hope to tackle that perception, and help the next generation to take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities on offer to them.”

For more information or to apply for an apprenticeship with adi, visit