Leading multi-disciplinary professional services consultancy WSP has been re-awarded Gold accredited membership for its UK business via The 5% Club’s 2023-24 Employer Audit Scheme.
The award recognises WSP’s significant contribution to the continued development of its employees through “earn & learn” schemes, including its apprenticeship and graduate schemes and sponsored students course placements.
Launched in 2013, The 5% Club is a dynamic movement of employers which works with over 900 organisations in the UK to address youth unemployment and skills shortages by increasing accessible workplace learning opportunities for young people.
As members of The 5% Club, employers commit to have 5% of their workforce in “earn and learn” positions within five years of joining. WSP was initially awarded Gold membership in 2022 and currently has nearly 11% of its UK workforce in these positions.
This year alone, over 350 graduates, apprentices and placement students joined WSP in its 2023 intake.
The 5% Club’s 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.
WSP has supported The 5% Club since 2019 when it became a patron of the organisation, helping formulate their work with Government to improve professional training across the UK.