M Group Services, the leading infrastructure services provider in the UK and Ireland, is delighted to announce it has been awarded silver accredited membership via The 5% Club’s 2023-24 Employer Audit Scheme.

This award recognises our significant contribution to the continued development of all our people through ‘earn and learn’ schemes such as Apprenticeships, Graduate Schemes and Sponsored Students Course Placements.

We are proud of our investment in our people, which is why we joined The 5% Club, a dynamic movement of employers inspired to take positive action for increased, inclusive, and accessible workplace training for all.

With a membership which now exceeds 900 companies, The 5% Club represents over 1.6million people, 101,000 of whom are in “earn and learn” schemes.

The Employer Audit is a unique scheme which validates the employers’ activities, explores their future plans and commitments, as well as examining their approaches to quality, social mobility, diversity and inclusion.

From an impressive list of 180 members, M Group Services was one of 22 employers who met the Silver Standard.

Colin Jellicoe, Group HR Director for M Group Services, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by The 5% Club for our commitment to attracting developing and retaining the best talent across our Group.

“We currently have 427 apprentices within our operating businesses and in the year ending March 31, 2023, we welcomed 27 graduates into our business.

“As part of our development of a Talent Recognition Programme, identifying our future leaders, we have found that a fantastic 42% of those identified came into our industry from secondary school or through apprenticeships and vocational training. This is a brilliant indication that this business is a great place for all individuals to progress whatever your educational background.”

Mark Cameron OBE, Chief Executive at The 5% Club said, “Our Employer Audit scheme recognises the efforts of all those Employers who invest in their workforce through a broad range of workplace learning schemes. It is fantastic that in these challenging times so many are able to commit to the Employer Audit and to gain the credit for their efforts, and that the majority are striving to expand their schemes over the coming years. Their efforts and achievements are to be applauded.”

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations at The 5% Club added: “Having seen The Club grow to more than 900 members, I am always impressed at the commitment, drive and energy our members channel into offering “earn and learn” skills opportunities. To now see 20 percent of these members gain Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum accredited membership of The Club is inspiring and demonstrates how these companies are all contributing to the future of skills in our economy.”