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

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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.

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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.

VolkerWessels UK join The 5% Club


We have just recently welcomed VolkerWessels UK to the campaign.

VolkerWessels UK brings together six separate operating companies in collaboration across multi-disciplinary projects, whilst also providing commercial and back office support.

All of its UK companies; VolkerFitzpatrick, VolkerRail, VolkerStevin, VolkerHighways, VolkerLaser and VolkerInfra have a long and successful heritage, each founded by entrepreneurs they have gone on to achieve a long history of success through hard work, innovation and excellence.

Companies operating under VolkerWessels UK are renowned for delivering quality work in the disciplines of highways, civil engineering, construction, railway engineering, steel foundations, pipeline and cable installation, marine works, flood protection and land reclamation.

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Located across the length and breadth of the UK the company employs over 2,400 employees. The group now ranks as a top ten civil engineering contractor based in the United Kingdom.

_C3A6447The group’s Dutch parent organisation VolkerWessels is a major European construction group with a turnover in excess of €4.5 billion.

VolkerWessels pride themselves on offering young people a number of different quality training and development opportunities from site based on the job apprenticeships to university degree programmes with industry experience.

The company’s training programmes help its staff develop the skills they need to thrive in the construction industry and help them develop an experienced workforce that understands and adopts the company’s vision.

VolkerWessels staff on these training programmes currently make up 8.6% of the company’s UK workforce on projects across the country.

Andrew Edge, VolkerWessels UK HR director said: “VolkerWessels UK places great importance in the recruitment and retention of skilled and motivated people.

“We are delighted to become a member of The 5% Club and hope, through our 446membership that we showcase VolkerWessels UK as an attractive career option as well as driving industrywide recruitment of young people.”

 For more information about VolkerWessels UK and the opportunities they offer, please visit their website

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Since its beginnings as a small, family-run business over 24 years ago, T.O.M. Vehicle Rental has always prided itself on being a part of its local community and has grown into one of its local area’s largest private employers.

T.O.M. currently employs 76 Scottish Apprentices as part of its workforce and plans to invite another 18 to join the business over the summer further to announcing plans which expect to see the company’s fleet of vehicles double to around 18,000 vehicles by 2018.

With its efforts in providing great opportunities for apprentices, it was a natural decision for T.O.M. to join The 5% Club and the company looks forward to striving towards a brighter future for young people with the other members.


The aim of T.O.M’s apprenticeship scheme is to help develop young people in trades in a positive working environment as part of a diverse team who are collectively tasked with ‘making it happen’ for rental customers across the country.

Company Founder and Chief Executive, Jim Rafferty knows the benefits of a good apprenticeship. He started as an apprentice with a Ford garage in the local area and has always been passionate about ensuring that others are offered the same opportunities that he enjoyed.

“As we grow, we will continue to invest in young people through our Apprenticeship scheme. This safeguards skilled labour succession within our business which ultimately means we can continue to deliver the highest service levels to our customers. We place great emphasis on this and each of our apprentices are valuable members of our team”.

T.O.M. recruits apprentices from its local community, working closely with schools in the local area to encourage young people to participate in work experience, a scheme which has provided several excellent apprentices to the business in recent years.


T.O.M. invests in its apprentices from day one, coaching them in particular disciplines within the business including light and heavy vehicle mechanics, partsmen, painters, panel beaters and coachbuilders, together with training from major manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Vauxhall and Citroen Cars, Vans and HGVs. The areas in which T.O.M. trains apprentices continues to evolve and during 2015 the company has started its first new apprentices for Business Administration, Fleet Management and Rental Sales.

Second year van mechanic Scott Aagesen (pictured below) said “I really enjoy working at T.O.M. and being a part of it. I have learnt a lot from the more experienced technicians and the Mercedes-Benz training courses and feel as though I am developing all the time”

Anyone interested in joining T.O.M. Vehicle Rental as an apprentice is invited to email their CV to

To find out more information about T.O.M. Vehicle Rental please visit

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Tenet and The 5% Club

Tenet is the specialist Control, Electrical & Instrumentation (CE&I) and Mechanical engineering design consultancy based in the North West of England has joined The 5% Club. The company provides niche design and technical services to a variety of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals; agrochemicals; utilities; and nuclear.

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Tenet has an established track record and reputation for being able to provide quality engineering designs and support to clients to meet the very highest standards.

Tenets personnel work collaboratively with clients and the supply chain to provide feasibility and optioneering studies; engineering and safety system design; detailed design; safety system substantiations and independent peer reviews on existing plant new design packages.

“Developing a sustainable workforce to address the long term engineering skills gap is a top priority” says Engineering Director Jeff Huyton.

Since 2010 Tenet has been a member of the National Apprenticeship Scheme and has operated its own internal design apprenticeship meaning it was a natural move for the company to join The 5% Club.

Through Tenet’s apprenticeship scheme, trainees are able to achieve their NVQ level 3 and gain valuable design work experience. Several Tenet trainees have progressed onwards to complete HNCs in engineering and two have recently started undergraduate courses at University.

Tenet trainees are supported in the workplace with a mentor to help them develop personal and professional skills. During their apprenticeship the company ensures that trainees work with a number of senior personnel across a wide range of projects.

Mark_EThis helps them gain a wealth of engineering industry knowledge and prepares them for more senior roles, as well as aiding company succession plans.

Tenet’s investment in personnel has been rewarded by employee’s loyalty to the business and by the skills and capabilities they now hold.

Where possible Tenet recruit personnel locally and actively seek creative people who are able to apply new or innovative technologies and methodologies to solve engineering challenges.

Tenet is also playing a crucial role in establishing the Warrington University Technical College (UTC) which is due to open in 2016. The principle of this college is to give 14-19 year olds an advantage in a future career in the Energy and Engineering sectors by focussing on the core subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The UTC will train the young engineers of tomorrow and help tackle the problem of a dwindling engineering resource pool. Tenet are a member of the UTC Trust and Operations Director Aidan McManus will sit on the Board of Trustees. Ultimately Tenet aim to accept a selection of students from the UTC into our apprenticeship scheme.

To find out more about Tenet Consultants Ltd and the opportunities they offer, please visit our website:

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Serco joins The 5% Club


A few weeks ago, The 5% Club welcomed international service company Serco to the campaign. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed amongst all The 5% Club members.

In January, 26 Serco employees completed apprenticeships delivered by Serco Vocational Services. Each employee gained vocational qualifications in various subjects ranging from Business Administration to Customer Service.

One of the achievers is Saffron Newell-Price. After gaining A-Levels and leaving college in 2013, Saffron started an internship at Serco’s Airbus contract alongside working for an events company. Saffron applied for a business administration apprenticeship vacancy with Serco Vocational Services in December 2013 where she had the opportunity to work in a variety of teams including the Data team and Quality team. Towards the end of Saffron’s apprenticeship, she began supporting the Sales and Marketing team and took on additional responsibilities by overseeing the recruitment function for apprenticeships. After completing her Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship in January, Saffron secured ongoing employment with Serco Vocational Services and has just started her Level 3 in Business Administration.

Saffron said: “I had no idea what type of career path I wanted to take before working with Serco Vocational Services. I have developed new skills, my confidence and have identified that I enjoy working within the recruitment sector. I am really excited that my contract has been extended and that I can continue to achieve a qualification within the workplace.”


Beth Graham joined Serco Road Transport Regulatory Safety department in December 2013 and achieved her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration in just over 12 months.  Beth had started her Level 2 in Business Administration, early on in her journey it was identified by Peter Bond, Head of Road Transport that Beth could and should strive for her Level 3 in Business Administration instead.

Peter is a strong advocate of vocational training as he believes it provides young people with a wonderful opportunity onto the career ladder.  Peter said “it has been a pleasure to witness Beth grow in confidence and stature.  She is an outstanding young woman.  Through some challenging work conditions she has always continued to deliver high quality work and moreover, I have personally received many great plaudits on her work and how she supports the contracts in their operational output”.

Prior to joining Serco Beth had gained some work experience within the hospitality sector and had also started studying Law at Northumbria University, however, due to personal circumstances, she decided this wasn’t the route for her.  A member of Beth’s family recommended Serco as an employer having worked for Serco for a number of years, Beth logged onto the website and decided to apply for an Apprenticeship hoping to learn new skills in a new sector.

On joining the Serco Road Transport Regulatory Safety contract Beth has benefited from gaining practical work experience, improved her administrative skills, learnt to prioritise and manage multiple projects and become a key team player, Beth said “achieving my Apprenticeship ahead of target is obviously a massive achievement, however another achievement has been stepping into the role of the Senior Road Transport and Dangerous Goods Administrator whilst they have been on a period of leave.  Working for Serco has already provided me with many opportunities to expand my skills set and my experience.  My Apprenticeship with Serco and the support from my managers and wider team has allowed me to start on a career path I did not know was available or think that I would love it so much”.

Lawrence Emerson, Director of Safety, Ethics and Governance said “Recruiting Apprentices into our business has so many benefits it clearly makes the Manager, wider team, Beth and also her family, proud to belong to, and be a part of a team supporting Apprentices.  Beth was recruited as an Apprentice in the Road Transport Regulatory
Safety team when we were looking at options to support the team which had been operating for some time well beyond its capacity. So not only is this a good news story from a human angle, it makes great business sense too.”

Me and RupertTo find out more about recruiting apprentices with Serco or applying for an apprenticeship yourself, please contact a member of the Serco team on or visit the Serco careers page

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