IMS Access Limited, award winning specialists in working at height and fall protection, has showcased its commitment to developing its people by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 250 employers providing ‘earn and learn’ opportunities to develop the skills and talents people need to become more employable and create meaningful careers. Companies joining The 5% Club commit to raising 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 number of diverse industries, from engineering through to the legal sector.
In 7 years of successful trading, IMS Access has a history of offering apprenticeships in engineering, business administration and design, with employees completing their apprenticeships and remaining with IMS Access to further develop their skills and experiences.
Nick Didsbury, Managing Director of IMS Access, said “As a family run business, we care about our employees and their health and well-being is of paramount importance. As a Father myself, it is important to me to offer opportunities to young people to develop their skills in a nurturing, caring environment. At IMS Access, we want our apprentices to feel they have a career, not just a job.”
Hannah Hobson, who has successfully completed an apprenticeship in Business Administration, said “since joining IMS Access, I have been made to feel part of the team and been supported with both my coursework and workload. Under supervision and with constant review, I have been given projects to help aide my learning at a speed I am comfortable with.”
Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome IMS Access into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR 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.”