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Forterra join The 5% Club

The 5% Club

Company underlines commitment to provide meaningful careers through ‘earn and learn’ opportunities

FORTERRA have become the latest construction products supplier to join The 5% Club, the industry-led initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

Initiated in 2013 by Leo Quinn, group chief executive officer of Balfour Beatty, The 5% Club is a movement of more than 500 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.

Forterra say they are committed to doing the best for their employees and wider communities, and felt that joining The 5% Club was a natural next step in cementing the company’s assurance to provide significant career opportunities.

Forterra already offer a range of schemes for graduates and apprentices and are active in their support for local construction colleges. The company is also an accredited Living Wage employer, aiming to reward a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay and ensuring a decent standard of living for its employees and their families.

Stephen Harrison, chief executive of Forterra, commented: ‘Joining The 5% Club is an important step for Forterra. It underlines our commitment to providing career opportunities that will ensure the future prosperity of our business, the wider industry and the communities in which we operate.’

Gill Cronin, director of operations at The 5% Club, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Forterra 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.’

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