Writing in the Sunday Times last weekend, Business Editor Dominic O’Connell described The 5% Club as a “laudable commitment to training, already taken up by QinetiQ, Atkins, Babcock, MBDA and EADS”.
“The beauty of the target is that it is simple to measure”.
Elsewhere, Leo Quinn joined Jeff Randall on Sky News on Wednesday evening to discuss The 5% Club. Quinn told Randall that he wanted to ensure that UK industry plays its part in tackling youth unemployment by matching the commitment of the government and educating system. His message was simply: “Skills drives innovation, innovation drives growth and growth drives economic prosperity”.
Leo Quinn, 5% Club and QinetiQ: Industry is the only one that can make jobs… the education system and the Government are doing a good job.
— Randall Team (@JeffRandallLive) October 16, 2013
On Thursday, educational charity The Sutton Trust released a report which revealed that the UK lagged far behind its European rivals in terms of job opportunities and apprenticeships for young people. The report found that only 20% of employers in England offer apprenticeships, compared to 51% of German companies. Moreover, there are only 6 apprentices for every 1,000 workers in Britain, whilst Germany boasts 40 and Switzerland 43.
Sir Peter Lampl: The real challenge is to get employers on board. Employers should determine what is taught in colleges.
— The 5% Club (@5PercentClubUK) October 17, 2013
Finally, The 5% Club has received several messages of support on Twitter this week. Both AGR and The Future Talent Group got in touch on Twitter to offer support to the aims of The 5% Club:
@5PercentClubUK we really like your goals and what you are about. Hopefully more businesses will support you!
— Future Talent Group (@FutureTalent1) October 14, 2013
— AGR (@AGRtweets) October 10, 2013