Fabricom has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club, an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The campaign was initiated by defence technology company QinetiQ with an aim to get the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years.

The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. It also asks members to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.

Encouraging and developing their employees is part of Fabricom’s business philosophy, and nurturing strong and sustainable talent is crucial to maintaining business success. Membership of The 5% Club reinforces Fabricom’s commitment to skills and development as the company continue to create an environment that supports the next generation of talent.

The Fabricom Offshore Services Academy was established in September 2012, a scheme that was developed in response to a business need. Developed to create a fully integrated framework for all learners to be applied as a template for their Continuing Personal Development plans.  The scheme offers a programme of training, learning and development aimed at engineering graduates, apprentices and promotes Continuous Professional Development for all members of staff looking to upgrade or diversify their skills.

Max Kirkham, a member of the Academy, recently qualified as a Piping Designer. He said “working for Fabricom has given me a great opportunity to progress and the chance to complete various qualifications and training. The attention given to apprentices and trainees within the company is unique, it’s been great gaining industry knowledge and experience from my colleagues.”

Nick Oates, Executive Business Unit Director commented “We are very pleased to become a member of The 5% Club and this further cements our commitment to training the next generation of engineers and designers. This is not only necessary for the future of Fabricom, but is also necessary to ensure that our industry and Britain continues to develop the skills required to compete in a global market.”

Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Fabricom 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.”