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Hedson Rail commits to ‘earn and learn’ by joining The 5% Club

Hedson Rail are proud to announce that we have joined The 5% Club demonstrating our support to industry resource challenges and the development of our own people. The 5% Club is an industry led initiative focussed on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The 5% Club, initiated by Leo Quinn CEO of Balfour Beatty in 2013, is a movement of more than 300 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.

Martin Hedley, Managing Director at Hedson Rail, said “We have employed apprentices and offered work experience to engineering and operational students for many years so joining The 5% Club is a natural progression to formalise what we already do.  Hedson Rail has a clear strategy to support the current resource challenges faced in the UK Rail industry by adding to the skills and expertise in the industry and developing within in a sustainable manner.  We are proud to say that over 20% of our employees and consultants have been introduced to the UK Rail industry by Hedson Rail either by identifying transferable skills, recruiting overseas or engaging with graduates or apprentice schemes.”

Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Hedson Rail 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.”

If you would like more information about future apprenticeship opportunities at Hedson Rail, please contact our Resource Manager at

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.

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