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

Apprenticeships – beyond the stereotype. Breaking down internal and external perceptions


In partnership with Investors in People, we’re joined by Katherine Doherty from The Sutton Trust and Jennifer Chamley and Lisa Pinfield from Capita.


Date: 7 October 2021

Time: 11am-12noon

Platform: Zoom

To book: please registered here

Katherine, Jennifer and Lisa will be breaking down the internal and external perceptions of apprenticeships – peeling back and exploring the typical stereotypes.

Jennifer and Lisa will explore the internal perceptions of apprenticeships within Capita, how they demonstrate the value of apprentices and why they decided to get assessed against the new We invest in apprentices framework.

Katherine will be sharing her experience with apprenticeships within The Sutton Trust, specifically the challenges they have overcome when trying to reach a more diverse range of young people.

And as always, there’ll be plenty of time for questions!



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.

The 5% Club CEO speaking at ‘Key priorities for apprenticeship funding in England’


Conference organisers: Westminster Employment Forum

Date: Thursday, 21st October 2021

To book: visit here


  • Jonathan Childs, Deputy Director, Apprenticeships Covid-19 Recovery Team, Education and Skills Funding Agency, Department for Education
  • Jane Pierce, Head of Technical Education Quality Assurance, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Bhavina Bharkhada, Make UK
  • Mark Cameron, The 5% Club
  • Alissa Dhaliwal, CBI
  • Jennifer Kimber, ScreenSkills
  • Becci Newton, Institute for Employment Studies;
  • Professor Amit Nigam, Cass Business School, City University of London

Chaired by: Kim Johnson MP, Member, Education Committee and Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships and Rt Hon the Lord Lilley


On-Demand replay of events

The 5% Club’s 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 online events are ‘must attend’ events for me going forward.

Jill Coyle

Apprentice Programme Lead Nestlé UK&I

Feedback from our members:

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

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

A brilliant event ….I made some excellent contacts

Maureen Legge

STEM Learning Ltd.

I find the events so helpful

Andrea Lund

Farrans Construction

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

Simon Openshaw

Apprenticeship Manager, ISS

I found the day so well organised and facilitated. Good pace, audience engagement and speakers were all fantastic.

Stacey Greenwood

Schneider Electric

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