Consultancy Service

Consultancy Service

The 5% Club exists to inspire positive employer action for increased, inclusive, and accessible workplace learning for all.

In 2021 we introduced the Employer Audit to provide participant employers with comparative evidence of their approach and performance, and in the Summer of  2025, we have introduced a new consultancy service to support these inspired employers translate insight into action.

This is a significant step in guiding accredited members to deliver further increases to their workplace learning offering, and to make those offering more socially impactful, inclusive, and accessible to all, irrespective of social background, personal characteristics, or individual circumstance.

Targeted at those accredited members who have completed the Employer Audit, the approach will be centre on the Audit benchmarking report(s) with an approach helping employers unlock future success, be that membership progression, or in identifying comparative areas for further optimisation.

The Consultancy Service have been designed to be easily and readily accessed, and will support employers in:

  • Understanding fully the Employer Audit benchmarking report.
  • Drawing insights from these reports, especially in the benchmarking comparisons with other participants of equivalent size and sector.
  • Creating an action plan to support the refinement of an employers’ workplace learning strategy and forward plans.

Our Approach

Employers relish the award of accredited memberships of The 5% Club – Bronze to Platinum all valued in equal measure, and they have become an important outward and visible sign of commitment to increased, inclusive and accessible workplace learning for all. And this is increasingly used to highlight employer commitment to social value and societal change, and to engage the workforce of today and tomorrow through strong employer branding.

Our approach is simple.
Complete the Audit. Draw Insight. Action Plan. Deliver Change.

Our Offering 

From inception, employers have completed the Employer Audit on individual basis, coming together for the annual symposium and celebration event – a terrific opportunity to network and discuss findings with other employers and skills sector experts.

But there are other approaches that we are keen to pursue, centred on the convening power and influence of regional and combined authorities, and the gravitas, leadership, and influence of the largest employers over their supply chains.

As such, we offer the following consultancy service schemes:

  • Individual Employer – aimed at individual employers seeking further insight, more information here
  • Gravity Schemes – aimed at Regional/Combined Authorities and/or Large Employers with region/supply chain needs, more information here
  • West Midland Combined Authority Scheme – in June 2024 we launched a special Employer Audit/Consultancy initiative with the West Midland Combined Authority, more information here


Acknowledgements. The 5% Club thanks the following organisations who have provided funding, time, and expertise to the development of or Consultancy Services and the Gravity Schemes:

  • The ERA Foundation – for generously providing grant funding to enable the development of our consultancy services, and the follow-up piloting of the Gravity (Supply Chain) scheme in support of the electech manufacturing sector.
  • Grant Thornton – Business Consulting – for generously providing expertise in Business Consulting and People Advisory to guide the development of our Consulting Service, to ensure we comply to industry standards and accepted norms and deliver a professional, efficient, and cost effective service from the outset.