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

New for 2021 – The 5% Club Master Class Series

Inaugural Master Class

Unpacking Intersectionality: A Masterclass

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 25-30 members attending in a ‘round table’ format, featuring experienced, prestigious speakers.

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 deeper 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.

Why is a Masterclass different to a normal event?

This forum will:

  • Consist of a mixture of presentations, breakout sessions and attendee participation – delegates will have the ability to keep mics and cameras on if they wish to. We want to encourage interaction and involvement!
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges with others in confidential facilitated zoom break out rooms.  It is intended that everyone signing up to the event will gain help, insights and ideas as to what to do next. Our plan is for you to takeaway useful outputs.
  • This event will not be recorded or available to non-attendees – you need to attend to gain the benefits.
  • Places limited to a maximum of 30 members to allow for interaction and contribution..

Confirmed Speakers

  • Doyin Badewa – Manager and Fayola Francis, Inclusion and Diversity Assistant Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Karima Khandker – Head of Skills and Emerging Talent, Thames Water
  • Sarah Maskell MBE – Deputy HR Director Diversity & Inclusion Reform, Home Office

The event will be facilitated by Gill Cronin, The 5% Club and Katie Nightingale – Associate Director, People Consulting, Grant Thornton


  • Understanding intersectionality
  • Context/what are the challenges
  • How do we move from a ‘characteristic driven’ approach (exclusive) to full inclusion?
  • How do you access the right data to ensure data-driven inclusion decisions
  • Moving forward with the inclusion agenda: Insights into what has worked – hear from a panel of experts

Date: Wednesday 23 June
Time: 10am-12noon
Platform: online
To book: to register please click here


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



The 5% Club is supporting The Apprenticeships Conference 2021

The Apprenticeships Conference 2021

Takin place online over the 7th & 8th July, the Apprenticeships Conference 2021 will explore the full apprenticeships landscape from design to delivery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through leading updates, live workshops and major panel discussions, the Conference will examine the role of apprenticeships in supporting recovery, how the crisis has transformed provision and the next steps for enhancing the quality and standards in apprenticeship delivery.

This year The 5% Club has secured a 15% discount for all of our members to attend the conference. To take advantage of this, enter code I21DAPRC15 when registering for a place below.

Confirmed Speakers from:

Evoko Greater Manchester Combined Authority I Health Education England Association of Apprentices I Grant Thornton Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Cognassist I Loughborough College I Exeter College I Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Association of Employment and Learning Providers Ofqual I Travis Perkins I 


The 5% Club Annual Employer Symposium

The 5% Club’s inaugural Annual Employer Symposium, will be held in London on 4th November 2021.

This celebration will showcase 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 5% Club’s Employer Audit.

Please ‘save the date’- more details to follow.

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

It really was a worthwhile day for me. Some of the ideas and contacts I took away are excellent.

Stephen Baker

Early Careers Manager ,United Living

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

Thanks for a brilliant event!  We enjoyed it from start to finish and came away buzzing with ideas.  Everything was so well organised.

Fiona Keady

Leidos - STEM Programme Lead, Career Ready

I have joined two recent 5% Club webinars on the topics of Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace and an exclusive round table on Looking to the future: utilising your apprenticeship levy to respond to what comes next. Both online events were insightful and inspiring – excellent presenters with compelling narrative with a great debate and questioning from the participants. The webinars were truly valuable in giving me different perspectives and gems of ideas to develop to meet our own requirements. The 5% Club webinars are ‘must attend’ events for me going forward.

Jill Coyle

Apprentice Programme Lead, Nestlé UK&I

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

Ian Matthewson

Schneider Electric

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