Patron Sponsors

We are grateful to the following businesses for their support of The 5% Club and making our work possible:

City & Guilds – Patron Sponsor of The 5% Club

City & Guilds – a global leader in skills development

City & Guilds supports businesses with all aspects of skills development and training. Whether you are large private or public sector employer, they can provide you with solutions and ongoing support that you can trust will deliver you the best for your business.

City & Guilds partner with customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency, to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. They create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, believing that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start

For more information visit: City & Guilds

Open University – Patron Sponsor of The 5% Club

The Open University (OU) is a global leader in higher education able to reach every adult in the United Kingdom – and many others across the world.

The OU has been transforming students’ lives and delivering high standards of education for over half a century.

It offers Higher Apprenticeships and Degree Apprenticeships across the UK delivered by blended learning, to allow greater flexibility for employers and apprentices.

The OU apprenticeships provision comprises healthcare, policing, social work, digital, systems thinking, management and leadership in England, and digital and IT programmes in Scotland and Wales.

For more information visit: The Open University

St Martin’s Group – Patron Sponsor of The 5% Club

The St Martin’s Group is a unique membership organisation created to support the UK economy by fostering a sustainable, quality-focused and employer-led apprenticeship and skills system.

Launched in 2018, the Group brings together stakeholders from some of the UK’s leading employers, training providers and awarding organisations from across all sectors and levels of qualification, which together are representative of the UK’s delivery infrastructure. Since 2021, with encouragement from key stakeholders, the Group has expanded its aims to include the wider adult funded skills market.

These efforts will ensure the Group and its members are able to promote increasing collaboration and engagement in the sector for the benefit of all stakeholders.

For more information visit: St Martin’s Group

The Schools Outreach Company – Patron Sponsor of The 5% Club

The School Outreach Company is the result of several leading organisations joining forces and was built with the simple aim of transforming the way school outreach is delivered.

With a broad portfolio of services coupled with experience spanning back decades, it is now the market leaders both in terms of reach but also in the variety and array of services  provided.

The School Outreach Company aligns hiring organisations, schools and students for mutual benefit, making immediate and positive effects for local communities and the people within them.

Mission: To maximise the exposure and visibility of job opportunities for all school students across the UK, acting as a conduit between employers and potential employees and in so doing, develop fully inclusive and diverse talent pipelines.

Vision: To transform the methods and effectiveness of school outreach programmes that not only create heightened visibility but equip and prepare candidates with the necessary skills and awareness to transition into employment.

For more information visit: The Schools Outreach Company


UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is an independent charity, and the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education.

UCAS services support young people making post-18 choices, as well as mature learners, by providing information, advice, and guidance to inspire and facilitate educational progression to university, college, or a degree apprenticeship.

UCAS supports 1.5 million students every year to explore entering higher education, employment and apprenticeships and manage almost three million applications, from around 700,000 people each year, for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

UCAS also provides a wide range of research, consultancy and advisory services to schools, colleges, careers services, professional bodies, and employers, including apprenticeships.

For more information visit: UCAS

Unifrog – Patron Sponsor of The 5% Club

Unifrog’s mission is to level the playing field when it comes to young people finding the best opportunities for them, having a positive social impact before anything else.

Unifrog is the universal destinations platform. They help students compare every university course, every apprenticeship, and Further Education courses – then apply successfully.

Supporting students to find the best next step for them –  the Unifrog platform helps students with the whole progression process – from exploring their interests, to recording the great things they’ve done, to finding education and training opportunities, to drafting their applications.

Unifrog also helps teachers and counsellors to manage the process – from delivering engaging lessons using off-the-shelf teaching resources, to tracking careers interactions, to drafting References, to submitting applications.

For more information visit: Unifrog