The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, TRL, has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining “The 5% Club”, which is an industry-lead initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
Initiated by defence technology company QinetiQ, the campaign aims to tackle the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain, as well as helping the country to remain at the forefront of innovation. By joining the club, TRL has committed to ensuring that five per cent of its UK workforce will be apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on structured programmes within the next five years.
The company says it is committed to bringing in new recruits as part of its ongoing strategy for sustainable, profitable growth and currently employs two apprentices and 14 graduates.
As well as joining The 5% Club, TRL says it is also focused on developing the next generation of talent through a number of other means. The company is a member of WISE, a campaign to inspire more girls and women to study and build careers in science, technology and engineering, and has committed to awarding three A-level students with scholarships in October via the Arkwright Scholarship Trust. It says it also has strong relationships with a number of universities including the University of Surrey; Coventry University and University of Birmingham, as well as professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT); Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club says; “We’re delighted to welcome TRL to the initiative. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed and together we can strive towards a brighter future for young people in Britain.”