Showcasing its commitment to developing its people Rydon has joined The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club 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.

Members consist of large and small employers from a wide range of sectors who want to make a difference, fill the skills gap and support the UK’s ability to compete in increasingly tough global markets.

This news arrives as Rydon has just launched a range of exciting Graduate and Trainee roles available through its Early Careers programme. If you have a passion for quality, enjoy working in a team and want experience in different sectors, click here for more information the opportunities available.    

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.

Lisa Fitzsimons, Group HR Director at Rydon, said: “At Rydon, our aim is to improve local communities through Housing, Healthcare and Education solutions, for the benefit of current and future generations. In order to deliver our schemes sustainably, we want to encourage the next generation to join an exciting industry where no two days are ever the same. Achieving and exceeding the goals of The 5% club membership is a great way to collaborate with likeminded organisations who share our passion for early career development.” 

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.

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Rydon into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other.  All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”