Busy Bees has demonstrated our commitment to the next generation by becoming a member of ‘The 5% Club’, an industry-led initiative that is focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.
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.
Busy Bees applied to join the 5% club as a further validation of our commitment to developing the next generation of childcare practitioners and to up-skill existing nursery teams, ensuring we maintain our quality childcare offering to families across the UK.
Exceeding the clubs requirement for membership, 10% of our workforce are currently undertaking an apprenticeship scheme, ranging from Level 2 through to higher apprenticeship Level 6. We are proud to boast a 94% retention rate, and 100% of learners who complete our apprenticeship programmes go onto to full-time permanent employment within the company. We also offer our childcare and catering apprenticeship programmes to external childcare providers and catering establishments.
Talking about the membership, Training Manager, Fay Gibbin says, “Busy Bees considers our team of dedicated professionals our biggest asset, and investing in their future to ensure we continue to inspire young minds and deliver quality childcare, not just in Busy Bees nurseries but in nurseries across the UK, is vital. That is why we felt it was important to recognise this commitment through our 5% club membership.”
Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Busy Bees to be part of this 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.”