Industrial and Marine Hydraulics, based in Middlesbrough, has been awarded gold accredited membership via The 5% Club’s 2023-24 Employer Audit Scheme.
From a notable list of 180 members, IMH was one of 120 UK employers who met the gold standard.
The award recognises significant contributions made to the development of employees through ‘earn and learn’ schemes as well as auditing companies on a number of other requirements. This includes having 5% of their UK workforce on formal training programmes and auditing employee retention rates.
The award enables IMH to further highlight and demonstrate its proven commitment to investing in its workforce through its apprenticeships, placements and training schemes.
IMH has recently appointed its 28th apprentice and has developed a partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education to elevate practical learning in hydraulic engineering. The partnership has seen the launch of the IMH Hydraulic/Pneumatic Lab to which IMH has donated hydraulic equipment to enable students to have practical experiences.
Launched in 2013, The 5% Club works with UK employers and key influencers to inspire positive action for increased and accessible workplace learning, focused primarily on the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates employed. The goal of The 5% Club is to increase the employment and career prospects of today’s youth and equip the UK with the skilled workforce it needs to safeguard Britain’s economy.
James Griffiths, Managing Director at IMH commented: “We are delighted to have been granted gold membership of The 5% Club, as we have a shared belief that employers – the job creators – are best placed to know the skills that will drive our future shared prosperity in the UK. And we actively look at ways in which we can provide a valuable learning environment for all of our employees and develop the future workforce in Teesside.
“With the training programmes we run across our entire workforce, as well as the support we provide to our apprentices and newly qualified engineers, we demonstrate our commitment to our people. And it shows, as we have apprentices still working with us, long after they complete their training as well as having a number of long-standing employees who have been with us for more than 20 and 30 years.”
Mark Cameron OBE, Chief Executive at The 5% Club added: “Our Employer Audit scheme recognises the efforts of all employers who invest in their workforce through a broad range of workplace learning schemes. It is fantastic that in these challenging times so many are able to commit to the Employer Audit and to gain the credit for their efforts, and that the majority are striving to expand their schemes over the coming years. Their efforts and achievements are to be applauded.”
Gill Cronin, Director of Operations at The 5% Club said: “Having seen The Club grow to more than 900 members, I am always impressed at the commitment, drive and energy our members channel into offering “earn and learn” skills opportunities. It is inspiring to see how these companies are all contributing to the future of skills in our economy.”
IMH is an innovative hydraulics company, which draws on its extensive technical knowledge, experience of real-world applications and understanding of a wide range of industrial environments to engineer solutions for customers.
By Industrial and Marine Hydraulics (IMH)