Balfour Beatty Group’s chief executive has pledged £10,000 to help support 10 apprentices who are set to begin a one-year mentoring programme
Ten apprentices from Balfour Beatty and its supply chain have secured the company’s Founder’s Pledge Award, following a comprehensive application process.
The Founder’s Pledge was launched in March by chief executive Leo Quinn to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The 5% Club.
Quinn founded The 5% Club in 2023 to tackle the UK’s national skills shortage and the resulting poverty trap for unskilled people.
At a reception hosted by The 5% Club to celebrate its members’ work, Quinn personally gifted £10,000 to support the apprentices. Each apprentice will now embark on a one-year mentoring programme.
Quinn said: “Ten years after founding The 5% Club, to me it is vital that as business leaders we not only invest in skills, but give our young people the support to help them become our talent and leadership for the future.
“The passion and dedication shown by the selected apprentices in their applications truly stood out amongst the impressive pool of nominations we received. I now look forward to hearing about some of the barriers these individuals face.
“Through The 5% Club – with its more than 900 members – we have built a powerful vehicle for sharing best practice and ensuring we continually improve the quality and accessibility of UK apprenticeships for all.”