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Clarkson Evans commits to the next generation of apprentices by joining The 5% Club

April 5, 2017

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Electrical contractor Clarkson Evans has showcased its commitment to the next generation of apprentices by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

Clarkson Evans is committed to training the next generation of electricians by offering around 100 people the opportunity to join its award-winning apprenticeship programme each year.

In addition the Gloucestershire-based company has recently extended its apprenticeship offering by providing young people with the chance to work as IT, accountancy and business admin apprentices at its head office in Staverton. Currently apprentices make up 25 per cent of the company’s workforce.

The 5% club was initiated by defence technology company QinetiQ with the aim of getting the UK’s leading 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 five years.

The 5% Club logo

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. Clarkson Evans will publicly report on its progress in its annual Connect Magazine, sent to customers and staff each year.

“Training apprentices is fundamental to the long-term growth of our business. Clarkson Evans is a business that prides itself on attracting and retaining the best talent. Over 70% of our current team leaders and area managers are former apprentices and our Managing Director Nathan Evans started his career with us as an apprentice,” said Lindsey Young, HR & Training Director.

“By joining The 5% Club we are demonstrating our commitment to developing our staff and young people and helping to address the skills shortage in the construction industry nationally. We have some fantastic apprentice employers in Gloucestershire and we hope they will follow our lead and become active members of The Club,” added Mrs Young.

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

Clarkson Evans is currently actively recruiting apprentices in Oxford, Bracknell, Milton Keynes and Trowbridge and vacancies are available throughout its 17-branch network at various times of the year. For more information on how to apply online visit www.clarksonevans.co.uk

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

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