NEW – The Employer Audit

The 5% Club is delighted to announce a major new research programme to recognise and support employers as they work towards their commitment that at least 5% of their UK workforce should be graduates, apprentices and other ’earn as you learn’ employees.

The new Employer Audit will provide each employer taking part in the research with official accreditation as either a Bronze, Silver or Gold member of The 5% Club, along with an exclusive benchmarking research report analysing their latest employment and recruitment of ‘earn as you learn’ graduates, apprentices and trainees.



The first research for the new Employer Audit will take place in the summer of 2021, when participating employers will complete a short questionnaire about:

  • their recent recruitment of graduates, apprentices & trainees
  • the breadth & balance of their ‘earn as you learn’ programmes
  • their commitment to inclusion & social mobility
  • the quality of their training & development
  • their plans for future growth of ‘earn as you learn’ opportunities

Each employer will receive a confidential research report, benchmarking their organisation with other employers in their industry or business sector and across the wider membership of The 5% Club, along with their accreditation as either a Bronze, Silver or Gold club member.

Gold membership will be awarded to employers that have reached or exceeded the target that 5% of their UK workforce are ‘earn as you learn’ employees.  Silver membership will be awarded to employers that have reached halfway to their 5% target, and Bronze members will be awarded to employers on the early stages of their journey towards their 5% target

And in autumn 2021, The 5% Club will be holding its first annual celebration – showcasing club’s new Bronze, Silver and Gold members, presenting awards for employers that have demonstrated outstanding commitment and progress with their ‘earn as your learn’ programmes, and highlighting key research from the Employer Audit.

To deliver the new Employer Audit, The 5% Club is partnering with High Fliers Research, the specialist graduate & apprenticeship research company.

If you would like your organisation to take part in the Employer Audit in 2021, please register your interest using this form:

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