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The 5% Club
Companies joining The 5% Club pledge to increase 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 diverse set of industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.
Grant Thornton is a professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms which provide assurance, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, public interest entities, and public sector entities. With over 5,000 employees in the UK and 27 offices, ir is one of the largest professional services networks in the world.
Not Going to Uni
Not Going To Uni showcases the alternatives to the standard university route, to school and college leavers. Our company is built on supporting young people in finding future careers, and we believe in educating students on all educational routes, ensuring they have the knowledge to understand all options available to them. We work with a variety of Enterprise Employers, Training Providers, FE colleges, Gap Year Providers and SMEs, advertising their apprenticeship vacancies to our audience. We are on a mission to change the way that young people engage with brands and discover their future careers. We work closely with Schools, Colleges, Careers Advisers and our team of NGTU Ambassadors to drive awareness of the fantastic alternatives to university.
WorldSkills UK
WorldSkills UK is an independent charity that work in partnership with employers, education and governments to raise standards in apprenticeships and technical education so more young people get the best start in work and life. They are part of WorldSkills, a global movement supported by over 80 member countries, which celebrates young people achieving world-class standards in the biennial ‘skills olympics’. As the only skills charity which can bring this global benchmarking back into the UK, they have the unique assets, resources and networks to help raise training standards and improve young people’s technical and soft skills-set and resilient mindset to ever higher standards.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greater Manchester is one of the country's most successful city-regions. Home to more than 2.8 million people and with an economy bigger than that of Wales or Northern Ireland. Our vision is to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. We're getting there through a combination of economic growth, and the reform of public services. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority(GMCA) is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.
Investors in People
Investors in People have been making work better for organisations across the world since 1991. Since then, we’ve worked in 66 countries, making work better for over 11 million people worldwide.
The Apprentice Voice
The Apprentice Voice (TAV) is an independent organisation dedicated to ensuring employers receive the holistic support and advice they need to deliver and manage a top class apprenticeship programme. TAV works with employers to develop and enhance their apprenticeship programmes, enabling them to hire, train, and retain the very best talent for their business and industry. TAV utilises apprentice surveys, research and industry insights to offer tailored recruitment strategies, all the way through to full apprenticeship programme audits and on-going support.
Youth Employment UK is a not for profit, community interest company and the expert voice on youth employment. We bring together young people aged 11 - 30 and organisations who support them including employers, training providers and charities.

Jan Richardson-Wilde

CEO, Occupational Awards Limited

Jan is the CEO of Occupational Awards Limited, a Director of the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and an FE College Governor. She has over 35 years’ experience in the education sector in strategic and operational management of training programmes with colleges, private training providers, local authorities the voluntary sector and not for profit organisations. Jan has previously been a board member of the Learning and Skills Council, chair of the North Yorkshire Training Provider network and Vice-Chair of Yorkshire Coast College and a Governor of the Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education. She has extensive experience of education policy, apprenticeships, qualification, and curriculum development as well as business improvement.

Jan joined OAL in 2019, a leading non-profit industry-focused Awarding and End-Point Assessment Organisation, supporting a wide range of employers and of key stakeholders to succeed and surpass expectations. Jan is committed to continuous improvement and enthusiastic about improving the effectiveness, impact and quality of apprenticeships, education, and training in the UK and internationally. She has a wide range of experience of working in a collaborative context with employers and training providers to develop End Point Assessment, apprenticeships, and a wide range of vocational programmes.

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