Multitech Site Services is the leading temporary electrics specialists in the UK. The company has announced that they are reinforcing their commitment to the next generation. This has been achieved by becoming the first contractor of its type to join the 5% Club. This Club is an industry led initiative which is focused on increasing the momentum to recruit trainees in order to change the fortunes of the young people in the UK.
Multitech, winners of the Business Excellence Award have been employing trainees since the company started operating in 1998. The company’s aim of hiring young people was to enable them to become more qualified and allow them to start building a long-term career path in the construction industry as an electrician. It has been estimated that 10% of the workforce at Multitech at the moment are trainees. This figure is twice what is required in order to join the 5% Club.
The business is the first temporary site services contractor to join the club which is great news for the business and might push more in the sector to look in to hiring more trainees. The 5% Club initiative is great for setting a target for businesses. The initiative shares values and ethos with Multitech and it works to spread awareness of the value in trainees.
The campaign for 5% Club scheme was initiated by QinetiQ, the defence technology company. The technology business aimed to get the public and private companies around the UK to commit to increasing the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates they allow on to formal programmes. The target is to make up 5% of the business workforce with trainees within five years. It is thought that this campaign will tackle the chronic skills shortage experienced in the industry as well as reducing the youth unemployment in Britain. These improvements should then keep the UK at the forefront of innovation. Members of the scheme are required to publish their progress in an Annual Report.