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McCann goes for gold with top 5% Club membership accreditation

We have been recognised for our commitment to developing future talent after being awarded The 5% Club’s Gold membership – following its most recent Employer Audit.

The 5% Club is celebrating its tenth year in 2023, promoting itself as a dynamic movement featuring employer-members who are working to create a shared prosperity across the UK by driving ‘earn and learn’ skills training opportunities.

The charity has a membership of over 900 employers, representing 1.6m employees, 101,000 of whom are in “earn and learn” schemes.

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

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, McCann was one of 120 employers who met the Gold Standard. We employ 230 full-time members of staff – with 9 on apprenticeships and 6 in ‘earn and learn’ roles at varying levels. Achieving the Gold Award recognises our significant contribution to the continued development of its employees through ‘earn and learn’ initiatives.

For our Managing Director, John McCann, this recognition from the 5% Club demonstrates that the business is fulfilling its promise of giving opportunities  to young talent and looking to the future to solve potential talent shortfalls in the industry.

“Much is made of emerging skills gaps within our industry and they are certainly affecting how we’re planning the future of the business,” explains John.

“We understand the need to develop new talent and give young people a place where they can learn and apply their trade, before going on to successful careers across a wide range of disciplines. We’re committed to being an employer of choice for people rising through the ranks and we want everyone to feel included within our culture. We really value the work of the 5% Club and have made partnering with the organisation an integral part of how we recruit and nurture talent moving forward.”

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.”

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit

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