Marshall affirms commitment to youth employment by joining The 5% Club


Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has joined The 5% Club, an industry-led initiative that asks companies to commit to 5% of their workforce being apprentices, graduates and sponsored students within the next five years.

“We’re delighted to welcome Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to the initiative,” said Dr Sam Healy, program director of The 5% Club. “The company is renowned for its commitment to training and apprenticeship programs, and having Marshall sign up to The 5% Club sends an extremely positive message out to industry. They set a shining example.”

Marshall has maintained an unbroken apprentice training program for more than 95 years – it has trained more than 10,000 apprentices. Many of the company’s senior managers and the majority of its directors began their careers as apprentices or graduates.

Earlier in 2015 the company unveiled the Marshall LaunchPad Scholarship scheme. Developed by a group of young engineers from the business, none of whom are older than 22, the scheme aims to provide support, experiences and opportunities in engineering and related topics for those aged 8 to 18.

“Young people are the lifeblood of our industry; we have and are continuing to encourage and provide a path for school children, students and graduates to pursue a career in engineering and industry,” said Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall. “I started my career as an apprentice and I am passionate about attracting, retaining and developing the future generations to this wonderful industry that has so much to offer.”

In 2008 Marshall established AeroAcademy, which offers a variety of training opportunities for students, including advanced apprenticeships, industrial placements for engineering undergraduates, and a foundation certificate and degree in aerospace engineering (MRO) that combines academic studies and hands-on training.

July 24, 2015

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