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SBFM Joins 5% Club

SBFM Joins 5% Club
20 February 2023

SBFM has pledged to increase the number of employees in “earn and learn” positions over the next five years.

The soft FM service provider has joined the industry-led young person’s recruitment initiative, The 5% Club and pledge to hire more apprentices and trainees.


What is The 5% Club?


The 5% Club is a professional organisation which works with employers across the UK to build “earn and learn” positions as part of developing their workforce.

The pledge recognises the company’s significant contribution to the continued development of all its colleagues through ‘earn and learn’ schemes such as apprenticeships, graduate schemes, and sponsored student course placements.

In joining The 5% Club, members aspire to achieve 5 per cent of their workforce in these positions – including apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formalised training schemes – within five years of joining.


Record Apprenticeships in 2022


It is the latest commitment in SBFM’s People Strategy – with the company’s colleague development programme now encompassing apprenticeships, mentoring, free workplace training programs and partnerships with educators and institutions to prepare colleagues from all backgrounds for careers in industry.  In 2022, SBFM welcomed its largest apprentice and graduate cohort to date, with appointments across its finance, HR and technology divisions.

Kelly Dolphin, People and Social Impact Director at SBFM, said: “At SBFM we understand there is no single pathway into the working world, that’s why we have joined The 5% Club to reinforce our commitment to providing apprenticeships, mentoring, free education programmes and partner with educators and institutions to prepare colleagues of all ages for careers in facilities management.

“By joining this movement, we can continue to offer people a foot onto the career ladder – even when they may not have prior experience – and the chance to earn as they learn, and a clear pathway to access opportunities for long-term career development.”

Picture: a photograph of two people holding signs with The 5% Club logo on. Image Credit: SBFM

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 20 February 2023


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