Eric Wright Construction has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club. The scheme is an industry led initiative that works with UK employers and key influencers to inspire, educate and retain a growing body of people into ‘earn and learn’ placements.
The 5% Club was established to encourage public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years. The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. It also asks members to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.
Eric Wright Construction is pleased to be part of a movement of employers providing opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to create meaningful careers and looks forward to networking with other members at events designed to promote the ‘earn and learn’ model.
John Wilson, Managing Director of Eric Wright Construction said: “Some of our workforce are currently studying for an apprenticeship or completing a formal graduate programme, so joining The 5% Club reaffirms Eric Wright Construction’s commitment to address the skills shortage in the industry.
Investing in our staff and equipping them with skills for the future is at the forefront of culture and policy at The Eric Wright Group.”
The Eric Wright Learning Foundation also sponsors a ‘real work environment’ in partnership with Preston’s College which provides training in construction trades for learners aged 14 plus; enabling them to experience an authentic construction site with welfare cabins, PPE, health and safety audits and other practices they would encounter in the construction workplace.
Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Eric Wright Construction to the initiative. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed and together we can strive towards a brighter future for young people in Britain.”