Busy Bees Training commits to the next generation by joining The 5% Club


Busy Bees, the largest provider of childcare in the UK, has demonstrated its commitment to the next generation by becoming a member of ‘The 5% Club’, an industry-led initiative that is focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The campaign was introduced 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.

Busy Bees applied to join the 5% club as a further validation of their commitment to developing the next generation of childcare practitioners and to upskill existing nursery teams, ensuring it maintains its quality childcare offering to families in the UK.
Exceeding the clubs requirement for membership, 10% of Busy Bees’ workforce are currently undertaking an apprenticeship scheme, ranging from Level 2 through to higher apprenticeship Level 6. They currently have a 94% retention rate, and 100% of the learners who complete go onto to full-time permanent employment within the company. The childcare provider also offers their apprenticeship programmes to external childcare providers through their training academy, Busy Bees Training. The academy also offers a Catering Apprenticeship, which they will be rolling out to external catering establishments including educational settings, hospitals and hospitality venues.

Talking about the membership, Training Manager, Fay Gibbin said: “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.”

Claire Phizackle, HR Director, adds: “Busy Bees was founded over 30 years ago and, just as in our first nursery, staff play a fundamental part in the successful delivery of quality childcare. We believe that having our own in-house talent is a fantastic way of ensuring that we continue to be successful, as our trainees are guided and mentored through their qualification and inspired to put into practice their knowledge and learning in order to make the care and education we provide to be exceptional”

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.”

Delivering its in-house training programme since 2003 with funding obtained by the SFA, Busy Bees is committed to empowering its dedicated staff teams with exceptional skills and knowledge, and the forward-thinking required to deliver the very best in quality childcare. To date they have delivered their apprenticeship programme to over 1800 learners within both Busy Bees nurseries and external smaller, independent nursery settings.

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