The 5% Club

Applebridge has joined The 5% Club in which members pledge to have 5% of their workforce engaged in apprenticeships, sponsored student programmes or formalised training schemes within five years of joining.

Applebridge is a construction group with operations in Middlesbrough and the county of Yorkshire. The company has made a commitment to fostering the next generation of skilled professionals through the Applebridge Academy and other ‘earn and learn’ schemes.

Applebridge is aiming to have 5% of its UK workforce as apprentices, graduates on formal programmes or sponsored students within the next five years.


Empowering young talent

Applebridge CEO, Donny Hughes, says: "Joining The 5% Club marks a significant milestone in our journey towards empowering young talent. It's not just about fulfilling a quota, it's about nurturing a skilled, diverse and dynamic workforce capable of propelling our industry forward. We are excited to embark on this path and look forward to making a substantial impact in the lives of our future professionals."

Gill Cronin, the director of operations of The 5% Club says: “The club provides a fantastic network of HR and L&D 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.”


Picture: Applebridge has joined The 5% Club to develop even more young people such as one of the company’s apprentices, Madeline Collins, seen here (centre) picking up a recent award.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
12th January 2024


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