Berkeley Group has been named a Gold member of The 5% Club for the second consecutive year, with 10% of staff across the Group in ‘earn and learn’ positions in 2022-2023.
The accolade recognises the consistent positive impact of Berkeley’s Future Skills programme, which is equipping new talent with the skills they need both now and for the future.
Members of The 5% Club commit to 5% of their workforce being in ‘earn and learn’ positions. This includes apprentices, graduates and sponsored students, in formal training for at least a year – with Berkeley consistently surpassing the 5% requirement to attain Gold status.
On average, Berkeley had 160 direct apprentices and 70 graduates in training throughout the past year, and was listed 16th in TheJobCrowd’s Top 50 Graduate Employers in the country.
Berkeley’s Future Skills programme helps to develop future talent in a number of ways, including a network of dedicated Future Skills Managers, mentors, the Berkeley Academy training centre, an online Learning Management System, and external training partners.
Over 4,300 hours of training were delivered to Berkeley staff at The Berkeley Academy last year. The dedicated training centre has been accredited with Approved Training Organisation status by the Construction Industry Training Board.
Mark Cameron OBE, Chief Executive at The 5% Club said, “Our Employer Audit scheme recognises the efforts of all those Employers who invest in their workforce through a broad range of workplace learning schemes. It is fantastic that in these challenging times so many are able to commit to the Employer Audit and to gain the credit for their efforts, and that the majority are striving to expand their schemes over the coming years. Their efforts and achievements are to be applauded.”
As well as providing skills and training for its own staff, Berkeley’s Future Skills programme also supports the wider industry; promoting careers in the built environment, and working in partnership to bring more talent into the industry. Read more about Berkeley’s £100,000 commitment to help SME’s take on apprentices here.