Since its inception, The 5% Club has staged quarterly best practice events to encourage and inform members with less, little or even no experience of how to run effective formal training programmes.

Each event is hosted by a Member company, who showcases and share their experiences; how they operate their programmes; recruit their apprentices; and reach out to schools and their local communities.

More recently, our quarterly events have been further developed, to build on this good practice sharing but also to focus more fully on broader social issues in our sector such as social mobility, diversity and inclusion and outreach to schools and young people.

Various partnerships have been developed with other charities and organisations to ensure our quarterly events continually raise members’ performance standards in training and recruitment, and provide an opportunity for additional social responsibility issues to be fully discussed and shared.

We have also introduced shorter ad hoc briefing events on specific topics.

All events are free to attend and are open to members, any organisations which have expressed interest in the work of The 5% Club, stakeholders and partners. (Please note – these events are not a ‘selling’ opportunity and are not open to companies attending for commercial purposes only.)

2021 Events

Kickstart 2021

In partnership with ManpowerGroup, The 5% Club is running an online event on the Government Kickstart scheme.

Young people are being hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis, with unemployment numbers rising. To help address this, the Government launched the Kickstart programme – designed to support 300,000 young people into paid work placements.

Backed with £2 billion in funding, the scheme runs until the end of 2021 and is designed to provide quality work experience opportunities as well as employability training and support.

To help employers and young people benefit from this scheme, we’re bringing together an expert panel to help get you started. Joined by DWP and Aggregate Industries, an early adopter of the scheme, this session will will cover:

  • The rules of the kickstart scheme
  • How you can develop a successful Kickstart programme
  • How Kickstart can be integrated into your existing early years programmes
  • What your responsibilities are for employability support
  • What your options are if you are looking to make fewer than 30 placements
  • The session will include a live Q&A at the end of the webinar, where we’ll endeavour to put as many of your questions to the speakers as possible.


  • Geraint Williams – Kickstart Operations & Engagement Lead, DWP
  • Laura Parker – Head of Learning and Development, Aggregate Industries

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time: 11:00am -12noon
Booking: please register here

How apprenticeships can develop the future beyond the pandemic


An event held jointly with The Open University and The 5% Club – this online session will be broadcast during National Apprenticeship Week.


The Open University’s Business Barometer 2020 found that almost half of employers acknowledged that apprenticeships and work-based learning programmes will be vital to their recovery over the next year.

This webinar will discuss the results of a new survey on employers’ very latest approaches to apprenticeships. The expert panel will explain how apprenticeships can play a part in the rebuilding from COVID-19 and how some of the barriers can be overcome to secure a bright future for skills development. There is also the opportunity to ask the panel questions in advance and take part in a live online chat during the session with experts from The 5% Club and The Open University.

Date: Thursday 11 February

Time: 10am-11am

Booking: to register visit here


New for 2021 – The 5% Club Master Class Series

2021 sees The Club developing focused, more intimate Master Classes to complement our traditional, free online events attended by 80 plus people. The intention is for these events to have a more detailed focused theme, with 20-30 members attending in a ‘round table’ format, featuring a high-profile speaker from the skills sector.

Attendees will be encouraged to bring problems and challenges, to exchange solutions and best practice and learn from each other. A high level of interaction and networking will be facilitated. Members from our larger corporate companies often cite isolation and operating in a silo limiting their knowledge base and practice. Our SME members are often people with multiple responsibilities and little or no niche knowledge of skills and apprenticeships.  Attendees will have the opportunity to drill down into much deepen detail and develop strategies for the future. Everyone will support and learn from each other, leaving the event with far more knowledge and solutions that they arrived with.

The first of these events will be scheduled for post Easter 2021 and will be held online. Further details will be advertised in spring 2021

We would like to thank The ERA Foundation for their generous support in making our inaugural Master Class possible.






On-Demand replay of events

I came away from The 5% Club’s online webinar enthused and ready to make change happen. The speakers were engaging, insightful and spoke with real passion. I felt like I was in the room. I’d highly recommend taking part in future online events – I’ll see you there!

Shelley Lawrence

Cambridgeshire Lead, Women into Construction

Feedback from our members:

It’s great to meet so many knowledgeable, like minded and friendly people in one place!

Simon Openshaw

Apprenticeship Manager, ISS

Such a pleasure to be at the inaugural 5% Club Scotland event – what a fabulous session it was, mc’d beautifully and networked marvellously. My thanks to all, the event from reception to departure was first class.

Helen Robertson

External Relations Director, eCom Scotland

The 5% Club manages to create an atmosphere that engenders positive discussion & meaningful debate.

Ian Matthewson

Schneider Electric

I find the events so helpful

Andrea Lund

Farrans Construction

Thoroughly enjoyed the day – some great speakers & I learnt a lot about neurodiversity

Nikki Hawthorn FCIPD

Keepmoat Homes

Inspired by the Diversity and inclusion case studies discussed today from all the speakers. Proud to be here to hear the valuable and honest stories. Thank you!

Andrea Lund

Farrans Construction

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