Leo Quinn, CEO, Balfour Beatty and Steering Board Chairman, The 5% Club
Leo Quinn founded The 5% Club in October 2013 to address the issue of poverty arising from high youth unemployment and a shortage of the right skills for the workplace of today and tomorrow.
“The 5% Club was created so that employers – big and small, in every industry – would increase their ‘earn and learn’ training opportunities, raising people’s employable skills to ensure the UK has a society and economy which lifts its citizens out of poverty.
“New technologies are changing the world of work – many jobs will disappear and new skills will be required to earn a living. The 5% Club is a great way for employers both to share best practice and to raise awareness of “earn and learn” among the next generation, to make sure they can access the skills to thrive in this changing world.
“As employers we are best placed to know the capabilities we will need to recruit, going forward – to help make sure that the UK is strong and successful enough to fund a fair society for all.
“I’ve always believed that what gets measured gets done, so crucially, members of The 5% Club declare both their intent and their progress in terms of apprentice and graduate programmes. Our members number now exceed 500 employers across all aspects of public and private sector and size: I hope your organisation will join us.”