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.



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

BETHELL’s 10 Year Apprenticeship Scheme Celebrated with New Entrants

This month, Bethell has welcomed five new entrants on to its well-established apprenticeship scheme in recognition and celebration of the programme’s ten year anniversary.

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These new entrants will have the opportunity to attain an NVQ2 Qualification through this apprenticeship scheme and will subsequently achieve an NVQ3 qualification. This opportunity will open many exciting doors into the working world for the apprentices as well as vital life experience to ensure they are fully prepared for a successful career.

All five apprentices have been selected from Bolton and its surrounding areas. Not only does Bethell wish to provide opportunities for youngsters entering the world of work but it continues to boost local employment opportunities through its work with the Highways Framework Partnership with Bolton Council.

Bethell Managing Director, Vinny O’Dowd has stressed the importance of investing in young people: “Our apprenticeship programme is vital in ensuring that we are adequately prepared for future skills shortages whilst at the same time supporting the local community.


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“Over the past ten years the programme has produced some outstanding tradesmen who are now amongst some of our most highly skilled and respected employees”. With this mentality, the company’s decision to join The 5% Club was a natural one.

For more information about the Bethell apprenticeship scheme please visit the company’s website

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 onTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Applications Open for AWE’s Prestigious Apprenticeship Scheme

AWE, the world-renowned engineering company, at the forefront of the UK nuclear deterrence programme is currently inviting applications from the brightest young talent to apply for their award winning apprenticeship scheme.


For more than 60 years AWE has proudly dedicated itself to the UK Continuous at Sea Deterrence programme and national nuclear security. To do this to the best of their ability, they have consistently ensured they nurture the right skills and expertise throughout this programme.

The AWE team is made up of highly qualified scientists, engineers and specialists all of whom work together to design, manufacture, service and maintain warheads for Royal Navy submarines.

AWE also provides intelligence and support to the UK Government by developing new innovative solutions to combat nuclear threat, proliferation and terrorism and provide an expert 24/7 emergency nuclear response unit – keeping the British Isles secure.

The company is offering full 3 year apprenticeship schemes in a variety of exciting capacities across the company:

  • Precision Machining
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Electronic
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Maintenance

Being a part of this scheme is a great way to kick-start a career. It will provide young people with all the skills and training necessary to pursue a promising career in engineering and technology. It will also give them the opportunity to occupy a very unique position – supporting the defence and security of the United Kingdom.

This is a highly prestigious apprenticeship scheme and candidates will be learning and gaining hands on experience from the most qualified engineers in the country, achieving highly credible qualifications and earning a salary at the same time.

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If pursuing an apprenticeship scheme with such an exciting and well-regarded company is of interest, please visit / to learn more about how to apply for the apprenticeship scheme and read about the experiences of current apprentices.

AWE will also be holding an Apprentice Open Day at Tadley library, in Hampshire, on Tuesday 1st December from 3pm and wishes to welcome anyone interested in the scheme to come and talk to them further about it. More details of this Open Day can also be found on the AWE apprenticeship website.

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

The 5% Club wins ‘Best Public Relation Campaign’ at B2B Marketing Awards!

We are delighted to announce that The 5% Club has been crowned B2B Marketing’s ‘Best PR Campaign of the Year’ for all QinetiQ and PHA Media’s hard work in raising awareness of the campaign.


The annual award ceremony, which was held this year at the Honourable Artillery Club in Central London, is recognised as the leading B2B awards in the PR and Marketing industry.

Since the launch of the campaign, founding company QinetiQ enlisted the help of PHA Media to act as the campaign’s acting press office and raise the profile of the campaign amongst British businesses.

As an agency that pride themselves on a journalistic ethos, PHA Media have been prolific in sustaining consistent coverage for the campaign in an integrated campaign across all media channels. As a result of this, the team at PHA have been able to get under the skin of the campaign, the companies involved and, most importantly, the individuals it benefits. Since 2013, the team from QinetiQ with the support of PHA media have together successfully secured commitment from over 134 companies from a huge range of industry sectors.


Not only has the campaign helped to address the nationwide need of young people with industry specific skills, but it has helped raise the profile of this issue both amongst employers and recruiters through coverage in national newspapers, broadcast platforms and industry specific publications.

Winning this award after consistent, concerted efforts is hugely rewarding both for the team involved at QinetiQ and at PHA media as well as all of the members of the campaign that continue to help the campaign grow and encourage other British businesses to commit to the 5% pledge.

While we are incredibly proud, we will use this award to develop the campaign further and hope it will allow us to bring it even greater success. There is still a huge amount to do in order to tackle the skills gap and youth unemployment. It is important that all British businesses start to recognise the potential young people harness and invest in them for the good of their business, young people’s lives and Britain’s future.

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 and LinkedIn.

Record Breaking Number of Apprentices Join NPL in 2015


Since 2013, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has invested in a comprehensive Advanced Apprenticeship programme which in September this year saw a record breaking 13 trainees join the company. For the first time , this intake of trainees will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills across the company in areas as diverse as soft skills training, science and business administration, while working towards formal qualifications.

On top of developing this scheme NPL has been leading the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Metrology Trailblazer group in a series of steps to drive up the quality of apprenticeships within the industry. It has been developing standards and assessment guidelines for metrology apprenticeships which meet the needs of industry.

Metrology, the science of measurement, is not only an individual discipline of the physical sciences, but the base of our daily activities. Each year, over £600 billion worth of goods and utilities are sold on the basis of the measurement of their quantity. Skills in metrology underpin every sector, from construction to healthcare, and are vital in increasing the productivity and competitiveness of UK manufacturing and industry.

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Dr Peter Thompson, NPL’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I am immensely proud of the significant contribution that NPL’s graduates and apprentices make to our scientific research and the real world impact it has. The professional skills developed through this and similar schemes are crucial to the UK’s continued success in scientific research and innovation.”

NPL are proud members of the 5% club and have committed to ensuring that 5% of their UK workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes within the next five years.

To find out more information about NPL’s apprenticeship schemes and the opportunities the company offers, please visit

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 and LinkedIn.

Jones Bros makes The 5% Club pledge


Jones Bros, a leading civil engineering company with offices in Scotland, Wales, the North and South, has signed up to The 5% Club.

Jones Bros has an outstanding track record of providing training opportunities to young people. Around nine per cent of its workforce is made up of apprentices and graduates, and a recruitment drive is under way for its new groundworks apprenticeship programme.

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Dave Gibson, Jones Bros’ health, safety, environment, quality and training manager, said: “When we became aware of the 5% Club, it seemed like a campaign we simply had to join.

“It fits in perfectly with our commitment to providing training and apprenticeships, as seen by the fact that close to ten per cent of our workforce is made up of apprentices.”

Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Jones Bros 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.”


Founded in the 1950s and employing 350 people, Jones Bros has grown significantly in the last decade. It is currently working on contracts including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.

If you would like to learn more information about Jones Bros and the opportunities it offers, please visit

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 and LinkedIn.