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We have committed to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

We have recently showcased our 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.

We have joined The 5% Club to further highlight our commitment to offering apprenticeships within the civil and electrical engineering industry. We currently employ 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.

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. “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

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

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