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McCann commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has showcased its commitment to developing future talent by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 250 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers.

Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. Members are also asked to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report. Existing members range from SMEs to FTSEs and cover a number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.

McCann has joined The 5% Club to further highlight its commitment to offering apprenticeships within the civil and electrical engineering industry. The business currently employs 195 full-time members of staff – eight of which are studying for an apprenticeship at varying levels. Another apprentice will be joining the company in mid-November taking the total tally up to nine.

Managing Director John McCann is a strong advocate of apprenticeships and recognises the need for businesses to provide these opportunities to those seeking entry-level roles.

“McCann is firmly committed to the betterment of our country through the improvement of young workers” said John McCann, Managing Director at McCann. “We believe that the 5% Club wholly embodies our own corporate beliefs and responsibilities towards reducing youth unemployment and skill shortages.”

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome McCann into membership. All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”

To find out more information about McCann’s apprenticeships and graduate training schemes, please visit www.mccann-ltd.co.uk.

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.