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Ground Control commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Ground Control commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Ground Control, one of the UK’s largest private outdoors maintenance companies, 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 Group CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 500 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.

Tanya Meah, Ground Control’s People Director, said, “Unemployment in the UK, particularly among young people, is only going to get worse in the wake of Covid-19. We want to play our part in helping people reskill in the face of a fast-changing employment landscape, and joining the 5% Club demonstrates our commitment to continuing this.”

Ground Control supports learning and development opportunities for all of its people through apprenticeships in horticulture skills, leadership, technical and IT skills for their employees based across the UK. They currently have 41 apprentices as well as three employees enrolled on post-graduate university courses.

Simon Morrish, Ground Control’s CEO, said, “We are proud to be part of The 5% Club and supporting people to achieve the professional qualifications and practical training needed to build their careers.”

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations of The 5% Club said “We’re delighted to welcome Ground Control 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.”

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit  or get in touch by emailing Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, and LinkedIn.


Notes to Editors

  •  The 5% Club works with UK employers and key influencers to inspire, educate and retain a growing body of people into “earn and learn” placements in order to increase the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates. The goal of The 5% Club is to increase the employment and career prospects of today’s youth and equip the UK with the skilled workforce it needs to safeguard Britain’s economy. The 5% Club was launched in 2013.
  • Members sign The 5% Club charter. As a member of The 5% Club, employers state they are: Committed to helping the UK’s growth agenda and acknowledge the importance of developing people as both a business and social imperative; Playing their part in addressing youth unemployment and skills shortage; Pledging to work towards having a minimum 5% of their UK workforce enrolled on formalised apprentice, sponsored student and/or graduate development schemes within five years; Measuring and reporting on their progress annually against the above metric in their Corporate Social Responsibility section of the Annual Report and Accounts or equivalent document; Committed to encouraging other employers to participate in the campaign.
  • Membership of The 5% Club numbers more than 500 businesses from across a broad range of sectors as well as size of company, including large corporations as well as SMEs.
  • For more information about The 5% Club visit