Rangeford Villages, the contemporary later living specialist, 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 is a movement of more than 950 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 all sectors including engineering, transport, and financial services. 

Member companies now also have the opportunity to achieve accredited Gold, Silver and Bronze membership status through the annual Employer Audit.  

Debbie Taylor, Head of People at Rangeford Villages commented: “We are delighted to have joined the 5% Club. Rangeford prides itself on developing great talent and its excellent career progression for our employees.  

“We are committed to developing a skilled and motivated workforce through apprenticeship schemes, such as the 5% Club across all sectors of our business, which we hope will lead to successful and fulfilling careers within our forward thinking and ambitious company.” 

Gill Cronin, Director of Operations of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Rangeford Villages into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR and L&D 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.” 

The Club was founded in 2013, and during the 10th Anniversary year will continue to use its platform, and record of success to engage with policymakers and influencers on issues of concern and relevance, specifically increasing awareness and activity that links skills investment with discernible social impact.