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Grant Thornton recognised as top apprenticeship employer by The 5% Club

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP is delighted to have been awarded Gold accredited membership via The 5% Club’s 2023-24 Employer Audit Scheme. This award recognises the firm’s significant contribution to the continued development of its people through “earn & learn” apprenticeship programmes.

The 5% Club is a dynamic movement of employers with a membership which now exceeds 900 companies, all of whom are inspired to take positive action for increased, inclusive, and accessible workplace training. The Employer Audit is a unique scheme which validates the employers’ activities, explores their future plans and commitments, as well as examining their approaches to quality, social mobility, diversity and inclusion.


Justin Rix, head of people advisory at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said:

“At Grant Thornton, we recognise the importance of investing in skills development at all levels of our organisation and the value that this has for our business and the future of the professional services sector. Around 21% of our workforce are using apprenticeships to gain qualifications, ranging from our school leaver programme to MBA level executive leadership learning and we’re proud to be listed in the Department for Education’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers.”

“We are passionate about promoting the benefits that apprenticeships provide, including the key role they play in boosting social mobility. In addition to the apprenticeships that we offer to our own people, our People Advisory team has supported over 2,000 organisations to optimise their apprenticeship levy to build the skills that they need in their workforce now and in the future.”


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.”


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