KELTBRAY JOINS THE 5% CLUB
Esher 21 November 2017: Keltbray Group, which is a UK leading specialist business, which offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, rail, environmental services and reinforced concrete structure solutions, has joined the 5% Club. This is a movement of nearly 250 employers focused on creating momentum behind the recruitment of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates into the workforce.
While 7% of Keltbray’s 1500 PAYEemployees are apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formalised training schemes, Keltbray decided to join this initiative to help put the spotlight on the importance of investing in training and development to fill the skills gap and secure the future of our industry. It also sees the membership of the 5% Club as a way to encourage other employers to make a difference, and support the UK’s ability to compete in increasingly tough global markets.
By joining the 5% Club, which was founded in 2013 by CEO of Balfour Beatty Leo Quinn, members strive to achieve 5% of their workforce in ‘earn and learn’ positions (including apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formalised training schemes) within five years: “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,” he explained.
Every year Keltbray invests over £2 million in training and development to build on the Group’s competence and expertise and be fit for future growth. This is largely delivered through in-house, accredited training centres. Key to this has been the recruitment of and investment in young people to plug the skills shortage gaps in our industry.
As part of Keltbray’s commitment to train the next generation, many of Keltbray’s over 60 apprentices have been recruited through Community Engagement programmes. Keltbray also works in partnership with a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations, including The Prince’s Trust, Construction Youth Trust, Crisis and Bounce Back, to get disadvantaged people into meaningful work and training.
“Last year, these schemes saw Keltbray provide jobs and opportunities for 23 local or long term unemployed candidates. This means we now have 35 people working with us on these programmes across the Group. However, attracting the best skills and talent from all parts of society remains one of the biggest challenges Keltbray faces,” explained Keltbray Group’s CEO Brendan Kerr.
21st November 2017